reciprocal inhibition

reciprocal inhibition

noun Psychiatry.
the theory that the pairing of an anxiety-provoking stimulus with anxiety-reducing reactions will weaken the association between the stimulus and the anxiety.

Origin:
1905–10

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reciprocal inhibition

noun
a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it; a relaxation response might be conditioned to a stimulus that previously evoked anxiety 
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