Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by faulty or inadequate adaptation.
  • adj. Not assisting or promoting adaptation.

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  • adj. Showing inadequate or faulty adaptation to a new situation

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  • adj. showing faulty adaptation

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Examples

  • Anecdotally (we found no supporting evidence in the literature), some pain theorists view swearing as a sign of ‘pain-related catastrophising’, which may be defined as a maladaptive response in which negative and unhelpful thoughts and ideas are brought to bear when pain is experienced.

    Oh $#*%! Cursing can reduce pain perception

  • Anecdotally we found no supporting evidence in the literature, some pain theorists view swearing as a sign of ‘pain-related catastrophising’, which may be defined as a maladaptive response in which negative and unhelpful thoughts and ideas are brought to bear when pain is experienced.

    Oh $#*%! Cursing can reduce pain perception

  • An article on Lesswrong. com attempts to tease apart the varying perspectives that lead to conflict over whether or not various behaviors should be classified as maladaptive, and whether medical intervention is a desirable means of solving problematic behavior.

    MetaFilter

  • This kind of maladaptive feature would be hard to explain if we had been designed by an all-wise creator, but it is to be expected if structures change their functions in the course of evolution.

    Tangled innards of a snail or how we know the intelligent designer was a klutz

  • And they say their study clearly suggests too much Internet use could be linked to "maladaptive" behaviors.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • By training the mind to listen only to the pleasurable frequencies, the positive side effect appeared to be that the mind paid less attention to the "maladaptive" ringing symptoms.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Children with ADHD sometimes also exhibit persistent serious conduct problems, such as maladaptive aggressive behaviors.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • The Baldwin Effect is "maladaptive" in cases where language changes more quickly than the module.

    Babel's Dawn

  • They can put an end to many of the counterproductive flaws and maladaptive behaviors that have been allowed to creep into this otherwise valuable economic system.

    Simon Mainwaring: 10 Actions Consumers Can Take to Reinvent Capitalism

  • Not only is familiarity a maladaptive guide to what's beneficial, it can lead to choices that actually exacerbate stress -- increasing the likelihood of more poor judgments, potentially creating a destructive cycle of self-defeating actions.

    The Familiarity Heuristic: How Sticking with What You Know Could Hurt You

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