INFERIORITY COMPLEX

A term used by Alfred Adler to denote strong feelings of inadequacy and insecurity stemming from real or fancied deficiencies of a physical, mental,...

INFERTTLITY

Inability to have children, to reproduce; sterility. The term infertile is usually applied to individuals who are relatively unable to have children, but who...

IATROGENIC ILLNESS

A disorder that is induced or aggravated by the physician.Suggestion plays a part in many psychological conditions, and a therapist may unwittingly produce symptoms...

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,...

IN UTERO

The term that is used to describe being in the uterus, that is, before birth

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