Identifying the causes of psychological distress

Should abnormal psychology continue its focus on identifying the causes of psychological distress, classifying different symptoms, and seeking effective treatment to reduce these symptoms, or should the field focus on improving knowledge of what goes right in happy people and trying to improve these techniques in the general population?

 

If you were to start a society from scratch and wanted to improve the lives of its members, would you focus on identifying what goes right in people or on identifying the abnormal?

How would approaches to treatment and intervention differ if society were to focus on positive psychology instead of abnormal psychology? Defend your position by replying to at least two of your peers.

Why is classification a necessary first step in developing an understanding of abnormal behavior?
Classification helps researchers identify populations with similar patterns of abnormal behaviour. By classifying groups of people with a particular mental disorder, researchers might be able to identify common factors that help explain the origins of that mental disorder.
Why is classification important in abnormal psychology?
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