habituation :

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  • n  being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • n  a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions

  • The problem with habituation is that it can also lead us to go to the other extreme, worrying not too much but too little.
  • The principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, which relies on step-wise learning to change behavior (think of habituation exercises routinely used to cure people of .
  • Normally, repeated exposure to the same experiences or images leads to habituation, or reduced response.
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  • DNR responds: Why Rogers bear permit wasn't renewed
    The decision to not renew Dr. Rogers’ research permit came after careful consideration of the public safety implications of the permitted activity. The habituation of bears to humans — including hand feeding and close interactions between bears and people — creates a very real public safety issue.
    July 28, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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