Behavior standing out as odd, erratic and contrary to community norms was once simply referred to as madness, but this was in a time before scientists attempted to understand this phenomenon through an empirical lens. Use of such terms as "mental illness," "abnormal psychology" or "psychopathology" suggest a deeper, more informed understanding of the phenomenon based on applying the scientific method. Points on Madness: Essays on Abnormal Psychology, however, offers the reader a series of essays critically examining behavior which continues to be viewed by contemporary society as odd, erratic and contrary to social norms by means other than empirical psychological science. These essays employ sociological theory, literary analysis and even recent career trends in an effort to reveal points of possible insights on this equivocal topic of madness.
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