ORAL PERSONALITY

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, a trend of character traits stemming from obsessive focus during the oral stage of psychosexual development. Commonly referred to...

ORDINAL POSITION

a place or rank, like a youth's place or birth order within their family, shown by an ordinal numeral.

OPTIMAL LEVEL THEORY

any theory which stresses living beings' strife to reach optimal levels of some attribute, like arousal or stimulation, tension, foraging, or motion.

OBJECTIVITY

1. the propensity to base decisions and perceptions on exterior information instead of on subjective aspects, like private emotions, beliefs, and experiences. 2. the...

OBJECTIVE SCORING

scoring an examination by way of a formula or key, so that varied scorers will come to the exact same score. It is contrasted...

OBSESSION

a continual thought, concept, picture, or urge which is experienced as invasive and not proper, and results in significant fear, distress, or discomfort.

ORTHOGENETIC PRINCIPLE

the hypothesis postulating that growth of all facets of operating moves along from absence of differentiation to escalating differentiation, annunciation, and hierarchic integration.

ORGANICITY

noun. a former word for brain injury or malfunction.

OUTCOME DEPENDENCE

a social scenario wherein one individual's results, consisting of the rewards or punishments encountered, are determined in totality or partially by the behavior of...

ORGANIC SENSATION

a feeling which stems from deep inside the body. Commonly referred to as visceral feeling.

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