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Deviance is said to be in the eye of the beholder so what I may see as deviant you may see as normal So how does one particular behavior get labeled deviant by one society and not another My topic is mental illness and how it was given the deviant label Mental illness has been misunderstood since the beginning of time and even today with all the modern technology deviance is still misunderstood1 Deviant behavior is created by society therefore there must be some rules or guidelines as to what gets labeled and what doesnt The construction of mental illness as deviant involves a step by step process This process includes 1 Defining the problem 2 Railing support 3 Applying the label Defining the problem The first step in the construction of mental illness as deviant is defining the problem There has to be recognition of the behavior Someone has to notice the behavior in order for it to be labeled So how exactly is mental illness defined There is no universally accepted definition of mental illness The definition of mental illness depends on a societys norms or rules of behavior5 Before mental illness was defined as deviant someone had to feel there was a need for the behavior to be considered deviant My theory on why it was considered deviant is because it was misunderstood Early man couldnt come up with a clear explanation to what it was or why It effected some and not others2 Rallying support The second step in this process is getting support One persons belief cannot cause
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