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In psychology, what does it mean when a behavior is "autoplastic?"

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Posted May 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM via web

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In psychology, what does it mean when a behavior is "autoplastic?"

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM (Answer #1)

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"Autoplastic" term describes a type of behavior that a person has when faces with situations that do not meet the needs the person has. Hence, the autoplastic behavior represents the description of a behavior that suffers changes until the modified behavior helps in fulfilling the person's expectations and needs. Autoplastic adaptation can be easily observed  because it implies changes in attitudes and convictions or even changes in a person's biological state.

Autoplastic behavior can easily switch to alloplastic behavior, when the behavior's modifications do not get the expected responses. Alloplastic behavior represents the opposite of autoplastic behavior and, in this case, the persons who develop alloplastic behavior try to adapt the situations to their needs.

The terms autoplastic and alloplastic are taken from psychoanalytic literature and they are used to describe the modifications of someone's behavior, modifications that represent the adaptive reaction-response to the situations that are not favorable to someone's needs.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 12:32 AM (Answer #2)

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Autoplastic is a term describing the type of behavior when a person that is faces a situation(s) that do not meet the needs of the person. Those with this behavior deals with multiple changes until the new modified behavior has helped in succeeding the person's expectations or needs. There is also alloplastic behavior which is the opposite because those with alloplastic behaviors try to adapt to their scenario and situation based on what they need. 

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