“Normal” is, well, normal… right?
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In the behavioral sciences, I sometimes see people refer to one group under investigation as “normal”. The other groups are, then, I guess abnormal? That kind of seems problematic. Especially because the ‘normal’ group is usually a majority and reference group in some way, for example a healthy control, straight-identified, or something like that.