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Excessive reaction to nonnoxious stimuli, across one or more sensory systems.
See also: tactile defensiveness
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Pride may seem like the natural opposite of humility but I think defensiveness is just as worthy a contender.
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's required is a governor who is willing to invest as much of his time as it takes to change a culture of mistrust and defensiveness into one of openness, professionalism and accountability.
She describes the basics of coaching, what it is, why it matters and leads to change, and how it influences teachers' learning; strategies for collaborating with individuals and teams, communicating, the coaching conversation, and coaching with teams; and specific challenges, such as resistance in teachers, intimidation in groups, problems in goal development, coaches' anxieties and defensiveness, coaching for the Common Core State Standards and response to intervention, and enjoying the work and feeling successful.
We introduce a meaning-based approach to humility (e.g., reduced defensiveness) with the claim that the desire for meaning motivates individuals to ardently defend their central beliefs.
SEPTEMBER - The chairman speaks of a "rampant" culture of litigation defensiveness in healthcare.
Defensiveness is another trait which could foretell the end of a relationship.
Summary: A sign of Russia's defensiveness, bordering on paranoia, is that some senior Russian officials regard the recent buzz about shale gas and oil as American propaganda designed to undermine Moscow's clout as an energy producer.
FMCG remains the big draw for its defensiveness and strong underlying performance.
* Instability, suspiciousness or defensiveness. The seventh most frequent behavioral symptom involved employees demonstrating abnormal instability, suspiciousness, defensiveness and dislike for management, auditors and organization policies.