AUTOCENTRIC

completely centered on or within the self. Compare with allocentric.

AWFULIZING

n. refers to an irrational and dramatic thought pattern, characterized by the tendency to overestimate the potential seriousness or negative consequences of events, situations,...

BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

n. the use of behavior change techniques to increase the frequency of adaptive behavior and decrease that of maladaptive behavior. It also makes use...

BEHAVIORAL DYNAMICS

n. a descriptive analysis of the internal behavior patterns which motivate or cause the overt, external behavior. There is a dynamic relationship between behavior...

BELIEF-DESIRE REASONING

n. the process wherein a person tends to predict and explain someone else's behavior based on how the former understands the latter's desires and...

BOLSTERING OF AN ATTITUDE

n. a method which reduces conflicting thoughts or dissonant beliefs in a person's cognition. This is done by generating new thoughts or beliefs consistent...

CAUSAL MECHANISM

n. the physical, if not the most immediate, means of bringing about the desired effect. For instance, other than using lock-and-key, it is turning...

CONCEPTUALIZATION

noun. The procedure involved in constructing ideas, specifically those of a theoretical kind, from experience or incorporated information employing cognitive procedures and verbalization.

CONFUSION

noun. A disruption of awareness marked by amazement, a lack of cognitive or behavioral clarity, and confusion for place, individual, and time. Commonly referred...

CONTINUOUS REINFORCEMENT (CRF)

in operant and instrumental conditioning, the strengthener of each reaction.

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