Individual Behavior

MeSH ID: T055

Related Concepts:

  • Absenteeism [M0000062]
    Chronic absence from work or other duty.
  • Abuse of Health Services [M0009902]
  • Acceptance Processes [M0002282]
  • Accident Proneness [M0000084]
    Tendency toward involvement in accidents. Implies certain personality characteristics which predispose to accidents.
  • Achievement [M0000198]
    Success in bringing an effort to the desired end; the degree or level of success attained in some specified area (esp. scholastic) or in general.
  • Acting Out [M0000274]
    Expressing unconscious emotional conflicts or feelings, often of hostility or love, through overt behavior.
  • Adaptation, Psychological [M0000342]
    A state of harmony between internal needs and external demands and the processes used in achieving this condition. (From APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed)
  • Adjustment [M0019997]
  • Adolescent Behavior [M0000468]
    Any observable response or action of an adolescent.
  • Ageism [M0017526]
  • Aggression [M0000572]
    A form of behavior which leads to self-assertion; it may arise from innate drives and/or a response to frustration; may be manifested by destructive and attacking behavior, by covert attitudes of hostility and obstructionism, or by healthy self-expressive drive to mastery. (Dorland 27th ed)
  • Alcohol Drinking [M0000650]
    Behaviors associated with the ingesting of alcoholic beverages, including social drinking.
  • Anal Sex [M0019723]
  • Appetitive Behavior [M0001619]
    Animal searching behavior. The variable introductory phase of an instinctive behavior pattern or sequence, e.g., looking for food, or sequential courtship patterns prior to mating.
  • Assertiveness [M0001878]
    Strongly insistent, self-assured, and demanding behavior.
  • Authoritarianism [M0001981]
    The personality pattern or syndrome consisting of behavioral and attitudinal characteristics reflecting a preoccupation with the factors of power and authority in interpersonal relationships.
  • Automatism [M0001999]
    Automatic, mechanical, and apparently undirected behavior which is outside of conscious control.
  • Behavior [M0002283]
    The observable response a person makes to any situation.
  • Behavior, Adaptive [M0000344]
  • Behavior, Addictive [M0025494]
    The observable, measurable, and often pathological activity of an organism that portrays its inability to overcome a habit resulting in an insatiable craving for a substance or for performing certain acts. The addictive behavior includes the emotional and physical overdependence on the object of habit in increasing amount or frequency.
  • Blushing [M0002739]
    Involuntary reddening, especially of the face, associated with feelings of embarrassment, confusion or shame.
  • Body Rocking [M0029629]
  • Breast Feeding [M0002907]
    The nursing of an infant at the mother's breast.
  • Breast Feeding, Exclusive [M0002908]
  • Cannabis Smoking [M0013031]
  • Caring [M0007309]
  • Child Abuse [M0004047]
    Abuse of children in a family, institutional, or other setting. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 1994)
  • Child Abuse, Sexual [M0004049]
    Sexual maltreatment of the child or minor.
  • Child Behavior [M0004051]
    Any observable response or action of a child from 24 months through 12 years of age. For neonates or children younger than 24 months, INFANT BEHAVIOR is available.
  • Child Language [M0004068]
    The language and sounds expressed by a child at a particular maturational stage in development.
  • Child Reactive Disorders [M0004073]
    Reactions to an event or set of events which are considered to be of pathological degree, that have not developed into a neurosis, psychosis, or personality disorder with fixed patterns.
  • Choice Behavior [M0004219]
    The act of making a selection among two or more alternatives, usually after a period of deliberation.
  • Codependency (Psychology) [M0025838]
    A relational pattern in which a person attempts to derive a sense of purpose through relationships with others.
  • Coitus [M0004728]
    The sexual union of a male and a female, a term used for human only.
  • Compulsive Behavior [M0004947]
    The behavior of performing an act persistently and repetitively without it leading to reward or pleasure. The act is usually a small, circumscribed behavior, almost ritualistic, yet not pathologically disturbing. Examples of compulsive behavior include twirling of hair, checking something constantly, not wanting pennies in change, straightening tilted pictures, etc.
  • Conditioning, Eyelid [M0004991]
    Reflex closure of the eyelid occurring as a result of classical conditioning.
  • Conflict (Psychology) [M0005000]
    The internal individual struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, or external and internal demands. In group interactions, competitive or opposing action of incompatibles: antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons). (from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed)
  • Consummation of Marriage [M0013050]
  • Contraceptive Method Switching [M0005096]
  • Contraceptive Usage [M0005093]
  • Coping Behavior [M0000343]
  • Coping Skills [M0000345]
  • Curiosity [M0008053]
  • Dangerous Behavior [M0005654]
    Actions which have a high risk of being harmful or injurious to oneself or others.
  • Deception [M0012771]
    The act of deceiving or the fact (or condition) of being deceived.
  • Defense Mechanisms [M0005748]
    Unconscious process used by an individual or a group of individuals in order to cope with impulses, feelings or ideas which are not acceptable at their conscious level; various types include reaction formation, projection and self reversal.
  • Delayed Childbearing [M0019717]
  • Diet Fads [M0006325]
    Diets which become fashionable, but which are not necessarily nutritious.(Lehninger 1982, page 484)
  • Dietary Habits [M0008682]
  • Directed Gamete Donation [M0405691]
    Gamete donation intended for a designated recipient.
  • Directed Organ Donation [M0405690]
    Organ donation intended for a designated recipient.
  • Directed Tissue Donation [M0021584]
    Tissue, organ, or gamete donation intended for a designated recipient.
  • Disclosure [M0022055]
    Revealing of information, by oral or written communication.
  • Drinking Behavior [M0006805]
    Behaviors associated with the ingesting of water and other liquids; includes rhythmic patterns of drinking (time intervals - onset and duration), frequency and satiety.
  • Drug Abuse, Parenteral [M0024231]
  • Dyssocial Behavior [M0001504]
  • Echolocation [M0006979]
    An auditory orientation mechanism involving the emission of high frequency sounds which are reflected back to the emitter (animal).
  • Egoism [M0007832]
    The ethical doctrine that morality has its foundations in self-interest. Also, excessive preoccupation with one's own well-being and interests.
  • Elder Abuse [M0007156]
    Emotional, nutritional, or physical maltreatment of the older person generally by family members or by institutional personnel.
  • Eliminative Behavior [M0007236]
  • Eliminative Behavior, Animal [M0007237]
    Behavior associated with the elimination of feces and urine from the body.
  • Empathy [M0007308]
    An individual's objective and insightful awareness of the feelings and behavior of another person. It should be distinguished from sympathy, which is usually nonobjective and noncritical. It includes caring, which is the demonstration of an awareness of and a concern for the good of others. (From Bioethics Thesaurus, 1992)
  • Entrepreneurship [M0025215]
    The organization, management, and assumption of risks of a business or enterprise, usually implying an element of change or challenge and a new opportunity.
  • Eroticism [M0007670]
  • Escape Reaction [M0007729]
    Innate response elicited by sensory stimuli associated with a threatening situation, or actual confrontation with an enemy.
  • Exploratory Behavior [M0008054]
    The tendency to explore or investigate a novel environment. It is considered a motivation not clearly distinguishable from curiosity.
  • Extramarital Relations [M0008065]
    Voluntary SEXUAL INTERCOURSE between a married person and someone other than the SPOUSE.
  • Extramarital Sex Behavior [M0008066]
  • False Allegations [M0012772]
  • Family Planning Clinic Attendance [M0016045]
  • Family Violence [M0026641]
  • Fasting [M0008248]
    Abstaining from all food.
  • Feeding Behavior [M0008287]
    Behavioral responses or sequences associated with eating including modes of feeding, rhythmic patterns of eating, and time intervals.
  • Feeding Patterns [M0008288]
  • Fertility Preferences [M0008370]
  • Financial Disclosure [M0390083]
  • Fingersucking [M0008503]
    Sucking of the finger. This is one of the most common manipulations of the body found in young children.
  • Firesetting Behavior [M0008513]
    A compulsion to set fires.
  • First Intercourse [M0004729]
  • Fixed Action Pattern [M0011408]
  • Food Fads [M0006326]
  • Food Habits [M0008681]
    Acquired or learned food preferences.
  • Food Selection [M0008695]
  • Freezing Reaction, Cataleptic [M0454059]
    An induced response to threatening stimuli characterized by the cessation of body movements, except for those that are involved with BREATHING, and the maintenance of an immobile POSTURE.
  • Gambling [M0008967]
    An activity distinguished primarily by an element of risk in trying to obtain a desired goal, e.g., playing a game of chance for money.
  • Gender Identity [M0009056]
    A person's concept of self as being male and masculine or female and feminine, or ambivalent, based in part on physical characteristics, parental responses, and psychological and social pressures. It is the internal experience of gender role.
  • Generalization of Expertise [M0017650]
  • Grave Robbing [M0028811]
    The stealing of corpses after burial, especially for medical dissection. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in the absence of laws governing the acquisition of dissecting material for the study of anatomy, the needs of anatomy classes were met by surreptitious methods: body-snatching and grave robbing. The infamous practice of "burking", murder to procure bodies for dissection, was given the name of a rascal named W. Burke, hanged in Edinburgh in 1829. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed; from Garrison, An Introduction to the History of Medicine, 4th ed, p447; from Castiglioni, A History of Medicine, 2d ed, p676)
  • Grooming [M0009643]
    An animal's cleaning and caring for the body surface. This includes preening, the cleaning and oiling of feathers with the bill or of hair with the tongue.
  • Group Identification [M0020028]
  • Habit Disturbances [M0009733]
  • Habits [M0009734]
    Acquired or learned responses which are regularly manifested.
  • Hashish Smoking [M0013032]
  • Health Behavior [M0023790]
    Behaviors expressed by individuals to protect, maintain or promote their health status. For example, proper diet, and appropriate exercise are activities perceived to influence health status. Life style is closely associated with health behavior and factors influencing life style are socioeconomic, educational, and cultural.
  • Health Care Seeking Behavior [M0016024]
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice [M0012073]
    Knowledge, attitudes, and associated behaviors which pertain to health-related topics such as PATHOLOGIC PROCESSES or diseases, their prevention, and treatment. This term refers to non-health workers and health workers (HEALTH PERSONNEL).
  • Health Services Misuse [M0009903]
    Excessive or unnecessary utilization of health services by patients or physicians.
  • Health Services Overutilization [M0009904]
  • Homosexuality, Female [M0027679]
    Sexual attraction or relationship between females.
  • Hypnosis, Animal [M0454061]
  • Immobility Response, Tonic [M0454060]
    An induced response to threatening stimuli characterized by complete loss of muscle strength.
  • Impulsive Behavior [M0011183]
    An act performed without delay, reflection, voluntary direction or obvious control in response to a stimulus.
  • Infant Behavior [M0028061]
    Any observable response or action of a neonate or infant up through the age of 23 months.
  • Instinct [M0011407]
    Stereotyped patterns of response, characteristic of a given species, that have been phylogenetically adapted to a specific type of situation.
  • Intravenous Drug Abuse [M0024230]
  • Irritable Mood [M0011727]
    Abnormal or excessive excitability with easily triggered anger, annoyance, or impatience.
  • Juvenile Delinquency [M0011888]
    The antisocial acts of children or persons under age which are illegal or lawfully interpreted as constituting delinquency.
  • Killing [M0010511]
  • Kinesis [M0012042]
    Locomotor behavior not involving a steering reaction, but in which there may be a turning random in direction. It includes orthokinesis, the rate of movement and klinokinesis, the amount of turning, which are related to the intensity of stimulation.
  • Labor Migration [M0021814]
  • Lying [M0012773]
  • Malingering [M0012933]
    Simulation of symptoms of illness or injury with intent to deceive in order to obtain a goal, e.g., a claim of physical illness to avoid jury duty.
  • Marijuana Smoking [M0013033]
    Inhaling and exhaling the smoke from CANNABIS.
  • Masturbation [M0013101]
    Sexual stimulation or gratification of the self.
  • Maternal-Fetal Relations [M0402205]
    The bond or lack thereof between a pregnant woman and her FETUS.
  • Men's Role [M0009058]
  • Moral Development [M0014052]
    The process by which individuals internalize standards of right and wrong conduct.
  • Morale [M0014051]
    The prevailing temper or spirit of an individual or group in relation to the tasks or functions which are expected.
  • Motor Activity [M0014111]
    The physical activity of a human or an animal as a behavioral phenomenon.
  • Nail Biting [M0014426]
    Common form of habitual body manipulation which is an expression of tension.
  • Nest Leaving [M0025720]
  • Novelty-Seeking Behavior [M0008055]
  • Obsessive Behavior [M0015168]
    Persistent, unwanted idea or impulse which is considered normal when it does not markedly interfere with mental processes or emotional adjustment.
  • Oral Character [M0017991]
  • Oral Hygiene [M0015368]
    The practice of personal hygiene of the mouth. It includes the maintenance of oral cleanliness, tissue tone, and general preservation of oral health.
  • Oral Sex [M0019724]
  • Organ Donation [M0021587]
  • Panic [M0015817]
    A state of extreme acute, intense anxiety and unreasoning fear accompanied by disorganization of personality function.
  • Paranoid Behavior [M0015896]
    Behavior exhibited by individuals who are overly suspicious, but without the constellation of symptoms characteristic of paranoid personality disorder or paranoid type of schizophrenia.
  • Parasuicide [M0445757]
    A form of self harm in which someone mimics the act of suicide without the intent to kill themselves.
  • Partner Abuse [M0020392]
  • Partner Communication [M0011548]
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care [M0016028]
    The seeking and acceptance by patients of health service.
  • Patient Compliance [M0016046]
    Voluntary cooperation of the patient in following a prescribed regimen.
  • Patient Non-Compliance [M0024924]
  • Perceptual Motor Performance [M0018027]
  • Permissiveness [M0016370]
    The attitude that grants freedom of expression and activity to another individual, but not necessarily with sanction or approval.
  • Personality Development [M0016387]
    Growth of habitual patterns of behavior in childhood and adolescence.
  • Personnel Loyalty [M0016400]
    Dedication or commitment shown by employees to organizations or institutions where they work.
  • Plagiarism [M0024095]
    Passing off as one's own the work of another without credit.
  • Postpartum Abstinence [M0019753]
  • Practice (Psychology) [M0017425]
    Performance of an act one or more times, with a view to its fixation or improvement; any performance of an act or behavior that leads to learning.
  • Preening [M0009644]
  • Pregnancy, Planned [M0008213]
  • Prejudice [M0017520]
    A preconceived judgment made without adequate evidence and not easily alterable by presentation of contrary evidence.
  • Premarital Sex Behavior [M0019718]
  • Proxemics [M0020212]
  • Psychomotor Performance [M0018028]
    The coordination of a sensory or ideational (cognitive) process and a motor activity.
  • Racism [M0017523]
  • Rage [M0018457]
    Fury; violent, intense anger.
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder [M0029640]
    Markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness that begins before age 5 and is associated with grossly pathological child care. The child may persistently fail to initiate and respond to social interactions in a developmentally appropriate way (inhibited type) or there may be a pattern of diffuse attachments with nondiscriminate sociability (disinhibited type). (From DSM-IV, 1994)
  • Reactive Inhibition [M0018542]
    Tendency toward a lessened strength of response due to practice or activity. It is independent of the effect of reward and is a direct function of time interval since the last response and the number of preceding responses.
  • Refusal to Participate [M0425749]
    Refusal to take part in activities or procedures that are requested or expected of an individual. This may include refusal by HEALTH PERSONNEL to participate in specific medical procedures or refusal by PATIENTS or members of the public to take part in CLINICAL TRIALS or health promotion programs.
  • Reproductive Behavior [M0019719]
    Human behavior or decision related to REPRODUCTION.
  • Risk Behavior [M0019133]
  • Risk Reduction Behavior [M0023791]
    Reduction of high-risk choices and adoption of low-risk quantity and frequency alternatives.
  • Risk-Taking [M0019132]
    Undertaking a task involving a challenge for achievement or a desirable goal in which there is a lack of certainty or a fear of failure. It may also include the exhibiting of certain behaviors whose outcomes may present a risk to the individual or to those associated with him or her.
  • Runaway Behavior [M0019302]
    A behavioral response manifested by leaving home in order to escape from threatening situations. Children or adolescents leaving home without permission is usually implied.
  • Satiety Response [M0019453]
    Behavioral response associated with the achieving of gratification.
  • Scapegoating [M0019468]
    Process in which the mechanisms of projection or displacement are utilized in focusing feelings of aggression, hostility, frustration, etc., upon another individual or group; the amount of blame being unwarranted.
  • Segregation [M0017522]
  • Self Disclosure [M0019615]
    A willingness to reveal information about oneself to others.
  • Self Esteem [M0019613]
  • Self Medication [M0019616]
    The self administration of medication not prescribed by a physician or in a manner not directed by a physician.
  • Self Stimulation [M0019618]
    Stimulation of the brain, which is self-administered. The stimulation may result in negative or positive reinforcement.
  • Self-Destructive Behavior [M0025472]
  • Self-Injurious Behavior [M0025471]
    Behavior in which persons hurt or harm themselves without the motive of suicide or of sexual deviation.
  • Sensory Motor Performance [M0018029]
  • Sex Discrimination [M0017525]
  • Sex Offenses [M0019747]
    Any violation of established legal or moral codes in respect to sexual behavior.
  • Sexism [M0017528]
  • Sexual Abstinence [M0019752]
    Refraining from SEXUAL INTERCOURSE.
  • Sexual Behavior [M0019720]
    Sexual activities of humans.
  • Skin Care [M0026658]
    Maintenance of the hygienic state of the skin under optimal conditions of cleanliness and comfort. Effective in skin care are proper washing, bathing, cleansing, and the use of soaps, detergents, oils, etc. In various disease states, therapeutic and protective solutions and ointments are useful. The care of the skin is particularly important in various occupations, in exposure to sunlight, in neonates, and in PRESSURE ULCER.
  • Smokeless Tobacco Cessation [M0029977]
  • Smoking [M0019985]
    Inhaling and exhaling the smoke of tobacco or something similar to tobacco.
  • Smoking Cessation [M0025242]
    Discontinuation of the habit of smoking, the inhaling and exhaling of tobacco smoke.
  • Social Identification [M0020027]
    The process by which an aspect of self image is developed based on in-group preference or ethnocentrism and a perception of belonging to a social or cultural group. (From APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed.)
  • Spatial Behavior [M0020213]
    Reactions of an individual or groups of individuals with relation to the immediate surrounding area including the animate or inanimate objects within that area.
  • Spouse Abuse [M0020390]
    Deliberate severe and repeated injury to one domestic partner by the other.
  • Stereotyped Behavior [M0020478]
    Relatively invariant mode of behavior elicited or determined by a particular situation; may be verbal, postural, or expressive.
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous [M0024229]
    Abuse, overuse, or misuse of a substance by its injection into a vein.
  • Sucking Behavior [M0020716]
    Any suction exerted by the mouth; response of the mammalian infant to draw milk from the breast. Includes sucking on inanimate objects. Not to be used for thumb sucking, which is indexed under fingersucking.
  • Temperance [M0021142]
    Abstinence from alcohol.
  • Theft [M0021275]
    Unlawful act of taking property.
  • Timidity [M0019810]
  • Tissue Donation [M0021586]
  • Tobacco Use Cessation [M0029976]
    Cessation of the habit of using tobacco products for smoking or chewing, including the use of snuff.
  • Tongue Habits [M0021658]
    Acquired responses regularly manifested by tongue movement or positioning.
  • Treatment Refusal [M0024923]
    Patient or client refusal of or resistance to medical, psychological, or psychiatric treatment. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed.)
  • Trust [M0391248]
    Confidence in or reliance on a person or thing.
  • Truth Disclosure [M0022056]
    Truthful revealing of information, specifically when the information disclosed is likely to be psychologically painful ("bad news") to the recipient (e.g., revelation to a patient or a patient's family of the patient's diagnosis or prognosis) or embarrassing to the teller (e.g., revelation of medical errors).
  • Underachievement [M0022256]
    Performance, usually in school work, poorer than that predicted from aptitude and/or intelligence testing.
  • User Compliance [M0016047]
  • Verbal Behavior [M0022615]
    Includes both producing and responding to words, either written or spoken.
  • Virginity [M0019754]
  • Visual Motor Coordination [M0018030]
  • Vocalization, Animal [M0022827]
    Vocal sounds used in animal communication.
  • Voting [M0017129]
  • Whistleblower [M0407973]
  • Whistleblowing [M0022057]
    The reporting of observed or suspected PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT or incompetence to appropriate authorities or to the public.
  • Wife Abuse [M0020391]
  • Woman's Role [M0009059]