ritual

(redirected from rituals)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to rituals: Satanic rituals

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]
References in periodicals archive ?
The priests and temple staff performed the ritual of 'Samprokshanam' along with other cleansing rituals in the morning.
In order to gather insight into the involvement of birds in these ceremonies, Minunno focuses his attention almost exclusively on the extant textual material, complementing his findings, whenever possible, with data from zooarchaeological analyses conducted at the relevant sites and with the representation of birds involved in rituals or shown in the company of deities on contemporary seals.
The image of the dream stayed with me for years, calling me to embody it, so I made several attempts to create blue circles on the floor of the ponderosa pine forest in my mountain town--hoping the ritual would tell me something.
Heussaff took to his YouTube on the same day to share a video of the post-harvest rituals of the Ifugaos he was able to capture.
A woman seeking to end her four-year-old marriage has claimed that her husband connived with an Islamic cleric to have s3x with her for money ritual purposes.
Whilst there are Rituals Cosmetic shops in Leicester and Cheshire Oaks, the new store at Grand Central will be the beauty brand's first premium boutique outside of London.
With time, however, most of the rituals and rites became evolved according to the norms of the changing society or those which no longer pertained to the needs and beliefs of the modern man, became extinct altogether.
Early this morning, with an ancient Thracian ritual, hundreds of people from all over the country welcomed the sun on the longest day of the year at the rock sanctuary of Zaichi Vrah over the Thracian and ancient town of Kabile, Yambol district.
Jezierski, Wojtek, Lars Hermanson, Hans Jacob Orning, and Thomas Smaberg, eds, Rituals, Performatives, and Political Order in Northern Europe, c.
Following the stages in the normal life cycle, there is a fairly predictable series of rituals one is likely to experience.
A field which studies the psychological side of rituals is the psychology of religion, along with the cognitive approach to religion, whose main purpose is the study of religious experience through the investigation of psychological and cognitive processes of the individual, but always set within societal frameworks.
Researchers have shown that routines and rituals play an important role in this dynamic system, as they mark important transitions and changes that enable the adjustment of the family (Fiese, 2006; Fiese, Tomcho, Douglas, Josephs, Poltrock, & Baker, 2002).