Behavior which typically occurs in a member of a specific species and is highly stereotypical and independent of direct physiological significance. Shifting of a behavioral or psychological act to transform into a sign which then represents that behavior or the physiological result of it.

RITUALIZATION: "Ritualization takes place all the time."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "RITUALIZATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/ritualization/ (accessed September 22, 2021).