SUPPORTIVE THERAPY

A general form of psychological treatment aimed at reinforcing existing defenses and alleviating distress through techniques that operate on a conscious level. It consists...

SOCIAL CLASS (Social Stratification)

A broad social grouping based upon level of prestige determined by such characteristics as occupation, income, family genealogy, moral standing, residential area, and social...

SYMPATHISM

The defense mechanism of seeking emotional support through arousing sympathy. “Sympathy seeking” is more commonly used than sympathism.The individual dwells endlessly on his misfortunes...

SOCIAL NORM (Group Norms)

The standards by which behavior is judged in a given social group; the way the members of a group are expected to think, feel...

SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY

A broad area of psychiatric investigation and practice covering the relation between mental health and the social environment.The social viewpoint in psychiatry has only...

SOCIOPATHIC PERSONALITY DISTURBANCE

A group of personality or character disorders marked primarily by failure to adapt to prevailing ethical and social standards and by lack of social...

SOMATOPSYCHIC DISORDERS

A term applied by some psychiatrists to psychological disturbances resulting from bodily disorders.An example is the post-encephalitic syndrome, in which a reaction pattern consisting...

SOMNAMBULISM

A dissociative reaction in which repressed impulses, anxieties or conflicts are acted out during sleep.Somnambulism is more than merely walking in one’s sleep, since...

SPECIFIC ENERGIES

The view that the various kinds of sensory experience, such as touch, taste, and sight, are dependent on the specific nature of the nerve...

SPEECH DISORDERS

Marked deviations in the manner or content of speech. These deviations include speech that is not readily intelligible or audible; definitely unpleasant because of...

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