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- n. The act or process of desensitizing, of dulling or reducing sensation.
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- n. the process of reducing or eliminating sensitivity.
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- n. the process of reducing sensitivity
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The desensitization is the other thing, where they see it over and over, after a while, it stops having a real emotional impact.
More serious cases will receive what Burghardt calls "desensitization counter-conditioning," which entails exposing the dog at a safe distance to a sight or sound that might trigger a reaction - a gunshot, a loud bang or a vehicle, for instance.
The fact that he finds it necessary to take refuge to foaming rhetoric is based on something that biologists call desensitization, i.e. a drug loosing its effect due to overuse, so that in a vicious cycle higher and higer doses are needed to elicit less and less of an effect.
Hence the need for the new kidney match-making called desensitization aimed at patients like Preloh who otherwise might not get a chance at a new organ.
The process that is then used is called desensitization and that is basically replacing a bad experience or habit with a good one.
(The fancy word for this is "desensitization", but better to avoid it.)
Sex educators (before the abstinence only people made them stop talking about sex at all, which is a whole other story), use a technique called "desensitization" to help people get to where they can talk sensibly about previously verboten facts such as the proper names for body parts.
COOPER LAWRENCE, DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Let ` s be clear what the word "desensitization" means in this context.
You know, this kind of desensitization to violence is definitely not something unique to this country.
The main treatment for hoplophobia is the psychological process known as "desensitization," the same methodology used for people with fear of spiders, open spaces or heights.