AUTOMATISM

This term is used in several senses. Basically, as English and English (1958) state, it is “an act performed without realization or intent, often...

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

the management and health-oriented processes involved in registering one to become a temporary patient in a hospital or other health and wellness institution.

AUTHORITY

n. the capacity to influence others either directly or indirectly. Formal authority, for example, enables an individual to exert influence as a result of...

AUDIENCE EFFECT

the influence of the presence of other people on an individual's behavior. Also refers to the belief that other people may subsequently learn of...

AUTHORITY COMPLEX

a pattern of emotionally charged concepts of authority in an individual that are partially or completely repressed. To satisfy an unconscious need for authority,...

APPRAISAL

the cognitive evaluation and interpretation of a phenomenon or event. In theories of emotion, cognitive appraisals are seen as determinants of emotional experience, since...

APPROACH MOTIVATION

motivation stemming from the expectation or desiring of a reward, which is a condition for goal-directed behavior.

ANAL PERSONALITY

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, a trend of character traits thought to result from the anal stage of psychosexual developing, wherein voiding the bowels...

ANAMNESIS

noun. with regard to psychiatry, a person's individual recollection or retelling of their past regarding their growth, domestic and familial life, and medical problems,...

ABSOLUTE THRESHOLD

The minimum level of stimulation that can be detected 50 per cent of the time; also called “detection threshold.” What is the finest line...

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