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What Is the Meaning of Maladaptive?

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Updated December 05, 2013

Definition:

Maladaptive is a term used in psychology to refer to patterns of thinking and behavior that cause and maintain emotional problems. A maladaptive thinking pattern sometimes can be accompanied by "irrational beliefs," which are beliefs that are held even though they are not true.

Examples: Someone with social anxiety disorder (SAD) may believe that they do not deserve to have any close friends.

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