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Maladaptive

Unsuitable or counterproductive; for example, maladaptive behavior is behavior that is inappropriate to a given situation.
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There is heartbreaking irony inherent in the children's situation: except in the face of maladaptively low parental investment, they would not have concocted their dream of a togetherness transcending kinship.
These children also blame others for their own mistakes, are sensitive to criticism, do not accept responsibility for theft actions, pout and sulk, and seek attention maladaptively, as a toddler would.
Long and Sherer (1984) suggest that delinquents behave maladaptively while seeking to attain conventional goals because they lacks the requisite skills to act appropriately.
People who addictively utilize intensely pleasurable experiences as sources of emotionally distracting stimulation are maladaptively attending to very real emotional needs in dysfunctional ways.