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In this vast space we call Planet Earth, we have all had our fair share of run ins with some considerably “colorful” folks. The book, The Other Side of Normal: How Biology Is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior, author Jordan Smoller explores the biological reasoning behind what compels us to behave in sometimes strange ways.

Smoller, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, brights to light the question of what society views as “normal” and breaks down the stigmas surrounding mental illness; from autism and depression to a condition called koro, a phobia that one’s penis is shrinking.

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