Between norm and pathology
Often we ask the question: “Is this normal or not?”. But always can we answer on it?
The term “normal” is associated with the concept of “abnormal”. “Abnormal” (pathology) — is the subject of psychiatry. Psychology studies the “normal” (health psyche). But when we ask: “What is normal?” at the same time we ask: “What is abnormal?”.
In fact, between norm and pathology there is some space, which is not normal and not is pathology: “the borderline state”. If we can’t be attributed a state to the normal or to the pathology, we define it as a borderline state.