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ACCOUNTABILITY

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noun. 1. the degree to which someone is responsible for actions, verdicts, decisions, and more. 2. in regards to the medical field, how much a healthcare provider, be it an individual or institution, is liable for the care they give to patients, and how this care is regarded in terms of record-keeping, use of support options, and ultimately, treatment results.

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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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ACTING OUT

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1. the unrestrained and improper attitudinal declaration of denied feelings that aids in reducing stress corresponding with these feelings or to present them in a concealed, or allusive, way to other people. Such actions may consist of fighting, battling, robbing, intimidating, or throwing fits. Acting out is usually thought to be due to underlying antisocial behavior in kids and teenagers but is not set on only this age group. 2. in psychoanalytic theory, the declaration of involuntary sentimental disputes, emotions, or demands-usually sexual or demanding- through improper action, with no effort to comprehend the origination or interpretation of these actions.

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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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