INHIBITION

The process of restraining one’s impulses or desires.Inhibition may take place on either a conscious or unconscious level, or on both at once. An...

IDIOT SAVANT (“wise idiot”)

A retarded individual who shows unusual ability in one or more specialized activitiesThe term is a misnomer. Idiot savants are rarely idiots and never...

INSULIN SHOCK THERAPY

treatment for serious mental disorders in which prolonged periods of coma are induced by heavy doses of insulin.The technique was developed by the Austrian...

ILLUMINATION CONDITIONS

Our ability to perform tasks that require visual discrimination is greatly influenced by lighting conditions. But in determining the optimum level of light, the...

IMAGELESS THOUGHT

Thinking that occurs without the aid of visual imagesDuring the 1880s and 90s most psychologists believed that thinking always involved images. They held that...

IMAGINARY COMPANION

A fictitious person, animal or object created by a child, usually between the ages of two and a half and four and a half,...

IMITATION

Copying the behavior of another person, animal, or object.Imitation does not receive as much attention in current psychology as it once did, probably because...

IMMATURE PERSONALITY

A personality trait disturbance characterized by childish emotional and behavior patterns.Immature personalities are found at every age. Typically these individuals have little control over...

IMPOTENCE

A male sexual disorder consisting of inability to achieve full gratification. In psychiatry impotence is classified as a psychophysiologic reaction of the genitourinary system.Impotence...

IN VIVO

1. The conditions and biological processes occurring in an organism. Compare in vitro. 2. the condition or process approximating a real life setting created...

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