AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION

The Association describes itself as “A society of medical specialists brought together by a common interest in the continuing study of psychiatry, in working...

ATTITUDE SCALES

Psychological instruments designed to measure personal attitudes on a variety of topics and issues.Typically, attitude scales contain a set of statements which represent different...

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1892 and incorporated in 1925, the APA is the major psychological organization in the United States.Its membership, now numbering about 28,000, includes...

AMYGDALA (Amygdaloid Complex)

A brain structure located beneath the frontal lobe and involved in the control of emotion and motivation.The amygdala is a part of the “old...

ANACLITIC

Extreme dependence on another person or persons for emotional support. The model for an anaclitic relationship is the infant’s dependence on the mother for...

ANAL CHARACTER

A psychoanalytic term for a group of personality traits believed to stem from the anal stage of psychosexual development.Between the ages of two and...

ANAL EROTISM

Psychoanalytic term for pleasurable sensations associated with the anal region.These sensations arise in infancy during the anal phase of psychosexual development when the child...

ANTISOCIAL REACTION

A form of “socio- pathic personality disturbance” characterized by impulsive, egocentric, unethical behavior.The antisocial, or psychopathic, individual acts as if he has no conscience,...

AFFECTIONAL DRIVE

The urge to be close to and in contact with another living being; usually classified as a “general drive,” that is, one that is...

AFTERIMAGE (Aftersensation)

A sensation that arises out of another sensation immediately after the original stimulation ceases. A positive afterimage is a continuation of the original sensation....

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