DECENTRATION

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development where a child slowly moves away from an egocentric world to a world shared with others. Also called...

DESTRUCTIVE OBEDIENCE

Complying with instructions that causes harm to others or leads to a negative outcome.

DEVELOPMENTAL TASKS

The basic tasks which must be mastered at each stage of life if the individual is to achieve normal development and healthy adjustment. Failure...

DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEW

The interview with the mental health professional looking at a person's problems and situations.

DISPOSITION

A behavioural trait that distinguishes from person from others. Compare situational attribution.

DYADIC RELATIONSHIP

1. A committed 2 person relationship. 2. Relationship between therapist and client.

DILDO

Artificial penis. See vibrator.

DEMONOLOGY

Even before Greek and Roman civilization collapsed under the impact of the barbarian onslaught in the fifth century, the Dark Ages in psychiatric history...

DILEMMA

Situation where a choice between desirable or undesirable alternatives is needed. See ethical dilemma- prisoner's dilemma- social dilemma.

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...

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