This was the first question my Introduction to Psychology professor asked us during our first day of class. Interestingly enough, not one student (including myself) was able to define the term without having to define another word in their definition.
I found it both fascinating, and strange that a term used so often could be so difficult to describe. It’s easy to simplify a description by using such term, but in its simplicity lies a complex array of emotion, negativity, deviance, taboo, stigma, guilt, shame, curiousity, positivity, individuality….
The list goes on and on.
..And so that summer day, my 18 year old curious mind peaked interest in the realm of psychology, but little did I know my own mentality would turn me upside down & inside out.