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rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl),
In psychiatry and psychology, any repetitive psychomotor activity (for example, hair pulling, handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety, typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]

ritual

Psychiatry Repetitive complex movements, often a distorted or stereotyped elaboration of a daily routine, used to relieve anxiety, or seen in obsessive compulsive disorder. See Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cf Motor tic.

rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl)
psychiatry, psychologyAny psychomotor activity (e.g., pathologic handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety or forestall its development; typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]
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Before examining sport fan rituals one must understand how ritualistic behavior works in general.
Some enthusiasts, however, fear that the purity of ritualistic tradition is being compromised by dragging it to cities and treating it as mere performances on television shows and in public venues, and they are concerned over the sustainability of this rich heritage form.
(2000) examined a problematic ritualistic behavior, which may be somewhat common among certain individuals with developmental disabilities (e.g., individuals with autism).
The approach consists of three interrelated core components: 1) exposure (placing the child in situations that elicit anxiety related to his obsessions); 2) response-prevention (deterring the ritualistic or compulsive behaviors that may serve to reduce anxiety); and 3) teaching objective thinking strategies (e.g., training the child to identify and correct anxiety-provoking cognitions).
According to Vercellotti and news reports, several women have alleged ritualistic abuse at the hands of Toledo priests, including Robinson.
Yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector Sally Holmes said police had not ruled out looking at the possibility that the skull was linked to ritualistic killings.
Investigating Religious Terrorism and Ritualistic Crimes.
For instance, he identifies early 19th-century celebrations that became ritualistic procedures.
The conversation covers the vexed question of whether the fraternity itself is too religious; though most Masons agree that it is not, as Dumenil explains, many have tried, using its Bible-based ceremonical lore, to fashion it into an alternative source of ritualistic dogma and spirituality, to the dismay of deists and other free-thinkers, who have contended that [u]nlike the churches, it [Masonry] was not concerned with theology; in particular, it offered no plan of salvation.
He holds the mask used by the doctors to prevent more cannibalism: "There were two slits for the eyes and a small opening for the nose and tiny perforations where it covered the cheeks as if to allow the beard to grow through." Kohler's detailed, subtle description--depending on slits and coverings--is ritualistic. And this ritualistic quality, evident in every story, makes me realize the source of her creative strength.
Long known across the globe from Africa to the Americas, Shamanism consists of ritualistic trances during which communication with spirits and the spirit world takes place.
* According to the infamous "Report from Iron Mountain," space research is positively regarded by these elite planners as a "substitute for the function of war." On page 62 of the "Report," favorable reference is made to "largely unattainable goals," and the space program is "viewed as the nearest modern equivalent yet devised to the pyramid-building, and similar ritualistic enterprises, of ancient societies." It is further acknowledged that "current programs are absurdly and obviously disproportionate, in the relationship of the knowledge sought to the expenditures committed." And all of these are arguments in favor of expansion!