motivational disinhibition

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The removal of inhibition in a motivational context. Normally, an animal has motivation for more than one activity at a time. The dominant motivational tendency is the one that controls the ongoing behaviour. The dominant tendency is said to inhibit the tendencies for other aspects of behaviour. Removal of this inhibition is said to disinhibit the ensuing behaviour. This type of disinhibition is normally defined operationally, thus—the time of occurrence of a disinhibited activity is independent of the level of causal factors relevant to that activity.

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