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ACCURACY

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noun. 1. with regard to an activity, a performance appraisal, typically centered around the balance of accurate answers. 2. much more, basically, the level to which answers or alternatively remarks tend to be accurate. 3. accuracy and sometimes lack of errors.

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ACHIEVEMENT GOAL THEORY

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any of numerous theorems of willingness that discern two kinds of success pursuits, goal-oriented, ego-oriented, that unite such dissimilarities in each person's assumed capacity for the job and their accomplishment conduct.

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ACRONYM

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An abbreviated form of a title that includes several words, but is regarded as a one word grammatically in terms of its abbreviate. Each letter in the abbreviated form generally stands for the first letter of each word that makes up the acronym.

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ACTION TENDENCY

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a desire to behave in select communicative or important actions that are connected to a particular feeling. For instance, the worry comprises a desire to flee, and that such hostility incorporates a desire to fight. Quite a few advocates dispute that the behavior propensity of a sentimental response needs to be considered as the important determining feature.

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ACTION-ORIENTED THERAPY

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any sort of treatment which stresses starting and, of course, completing behaviors instead of spoken correspondence or perhaps conversation,

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ACTIVATING EVENT

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in logical emotive behavior treatment, a happening which is existing, former, or expected, that prompts irrational ideas and troublesome feelings,

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ACTIVATION THEORY OF EMOTION

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the theory that feeling is measurable as a form of variation in a person's degree of fuel output (for example, degree of excitement levels) and additionally variation in their level of approach to or detachment from an item. Commonly known as activation-arousal theory

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ACTIVATIONAL EFFECT

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a temporary chemical influence which usually produces a brief variation in performance or physical motion in mature animals. For instance, escalated testosterone in male songbirds during the growing season causes escalated violence in terrain protection and an increase in the bird's wooing performance.

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ACTIVE AVOIDANCE

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a kind of operant conditioning where a direct behavior blocks or delays the introduction of an aversive input, like whenever clicking a button impedes the introduction of a negative stimulus. Thus, deterrence is accomplished by an obvious behavior.

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ACTIVE LISTENING

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a psychotherapeutic approach that occurs when the professional listens to a patient meticulously and diligently, inquiring as required, in an effort to completely comprehend the matter related with the message and the level of the patient's feelings. The professional usually repeats whatever the patient has stated to guarantee the patient that they have been comprehended. Active listening is used commonly in conjunction with client-centered therapy practices.

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