Glossary D

Defensive high self -esteem refers to a positive self-view that is fragile and vulnerable to threat

Defensive pessimism refers to the Fear that one is apt to fail despite a strong history of success.

Defensiveness refers to an excessive concern with protecting oneself from being hurt.

Deferred imitation refers to a child’s ability to imitate the actions they have observed others perform.

Deficiency is defined as a shortcoming of some essential nutrient.

Deficiency motivation is a term which according to Maslow is motivation that is directed toward the satisfaction of some specific need. Deficiency motivation is also called D-motivation.
Deficiency motive refers to a need that is reduced when the object of the need is attained.

Deficit (Deficiency) needs means the lower needs; failure to satisfy them produces a deficiency in the body.

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