AVOIDANCE BEHAVIOR

any behavioral act that enables an individual to avoid anticipated unpleasant or painful situations, stimuli, or events, including conditioned aversive stimuli. See also avoidance...

OVERDETERMINATION

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, the idea postulating that many unconscious facets might mix to generate one symptom, dream, dysfunction, or facet of behavior....

SELECTIVE ADAPTATION

Psycho-physical process wherein recurring subjection to a stimulus generates sensory variation that affects understanding of a successive stimulus. Assessment that perceptual variation can happen...

NAIVE PARTICIPANT

is a participant to a study which is not aware of the experimental hypothesis and who has not participated in study before.

SELF-DEFEATING BEHAVIOR

a behaviour that blocks our goals because we are aggressively competitive we take too many risks. the behaviour which itself creates problems in achieving...

SOCIAL CONTROL

1. The power of organisations, institutions and the laws of society to influence and regulate behaviour. 2. The impact of education, religion, media and...

SOMATOPSYCHOLOGY

the study of the psychological impact of a disease or disability.

EXTERNALIZERS

A person who believes their behaviour and reactions are determined by external events beyond their control.

SOCIAL REINFORCEMENT

a positive interpersonal stimulus like verbal praise, smile, touch or a sign of approval. Compare social punishment. See reinforcement.

Psychological Effects of Child Abandonment

There are two different, though equally devastating, ways a child can be abandoned - physically and emotionally. Physical abandonment occurs when one or more...

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