DRUG INTOXICATION

A number of medical drugs have been found to produce mental symptoms when taken in excessive doses over long periods. Large doses of thiocyanate,...

DYNAMIC APPROACH

Dynamic psychology and psychiatry approach the study of human behavior by examining underlying forces of motivation. This approach contrasts with the descriptive approach, which...

DYNAMICS (PSYCHODYNAMICS)

The force or pattern of forces which gives rise to a particular psychological event or condition, such as an act, attitude, symptom, or disorder....

DYNAMISM (Mental Dynamism)

A psychological device used to protect the ego; a defense mechanism, such as compensation or rationalization.Defense mechanism is the more widely used term, but...

DYSAUTONOMIA (Familial Dysauto- nomia)

Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, believed to result from an obscure brain defect. The condition tends to run in families and is sometimes...

DYSSOCIAL REACTION

A “socio- pathic” personality disorder in which the individual adopts a delinquent or criminal way of life as a result of distorted moral and...

DREAM INTERPRETATION (Historical)

The belief that dreams have a special significance is practically universal. They have been an object of curiosity in all cultures and all times,...

DREAM INTERPRETATION (Modern)

As the preceding topic indicates, many provocative ideas on dreams were “in the air” at the turn of the twentieth century. Individual writers, and...

DREAM-STATE (D-STATE, REM- STATE)

A state of the organism that occurs during dreaming, recently found to be physiologically distinct from both the ordinary sleep state (S-State) and the...

DRIVE REDUCTION THEORY

The theory that learning is dependent on the alleviation or satisfaction of a drive; more specifically, that an organism will acquire new responses only...

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