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Excessive reaction to nonnoxious stimuli, across one or more sensory systems.
See also: tactile defensiveness
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It's a fact that can be verified, so it's less likely to lead to defensiveness, he says.
Defensiveness wears many disguises, but for me, it shows itself when I am facing or anticipating criticism.
We've also found, as Gottman did, that the motivation behind this rewriting often comes from the damage caused by one or more of those "four horseman" -- criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling.
What can be done to reduce defensiveness regarding one's beliefs and instead promote humility?
The seventh most frequent behavioral symptom involved employees demonstrating abnormal instability, suspiciousness, defensiveness and dislike for management, auditors and organization policies.
Saddled with a couple of adolescents on a camping trip gone wrong in the Pacific Northwest, Sam necessarily drops his callow, macho defensiveness in favor of a tentative maturity.
Defensiveness exacerbates hostilities, escalates tension, and encourages your neighbor to make a mountain out of what you perceive to be a molehill.
This attenuates emotions such as fear and defensiveness, paving the way for effective psychotherapy.
International contributors to 27 chapters treat the human side of medical decision-making and practice sometimes eclipsed by the focus on the technical aspects of operative procedures and defensiveness on the part of healthcare professionals.
The scale contains 22 items with 16 of the items aimed in a defensiveness direction and 6 reverse-scored items aimed in an existential direction.
In general, we expect Swiss banks to outperform their European peers in 2009, due to their relative defensiveness against cyclical credit risk and also robust capital.
Even though she is the star writer on her high school newspaper, her insecurity about her appearance and her resulting defensiveness make her more unpopular than she might be if she could take her parents' advice and accept herself.