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a condition of readiness for action that is induced as a component of an emotional reaction and connected with such physiological signals as adjustment in heart rate, breathing rate, and muscle tension. The terminology is usually utilized synonymously with action propensity but also pertains to a widespread eagerness for action that does not include a particular recognizable action propensity,

ACTION READINESS: "Action readiness occurs often in any situation where one person is hiding from another in hopes of not being found, but with fear they might be."

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