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What are “stereotyped behaviors”?

What are “stereotyped behaviors”?

Patterned Movements: "stereotyped behaviors" typically refer to repetitive, patterned movements that are usually rhythmic in nature. These are most commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders, but are sometimes seen in other disorders like tardive dyskinesia, schizophrenia and mental retardation. Examples include head banging, rocking, hand-wringing or flapping, marching in place, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is psychology stereotyped?

Can you tell me how is psychology stereotyped?

Social sciences : If psychology has a stereotype, it can be thought of as one of the softer, social sciences. Human behavior is studied and scientific principles are applied in that study. There are many different types of psychology, not limited to clinical psychology whichinvolves working in a clinic with patients. Psychologists do experimentation, consulting, and working in laboratories. ...Read more

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How can I dispel female stereotypes for my daughter's sake?

How can I dispel female stereotypes for my daughter's sake?

Role modeling: Modeling good behavior is the most beneficial thing for a child. Building self esteem through individual and team activity will go a long way in a child finding themselves. ...Read more

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Getting a homosexual roommate, are things like aids/hiv something we should be concerned about or is it a false stereotype? Sharing shower/toilet/pool

Getting a homosexual roommate, are things like aids/hiv something we should be concerned about or is it a false stereotype? Sharing shower/toilet/pool

You're fine: Hiv is not transmitted in the shower, toilet, or pool. During the bad old days when many people had high levels of the virus, family members did not infect each other except through intimate contact. Hopefully you two will build a friendship. Most gay guys are hiv-negative; if you're worried, he might tell you one way or the other. ...Read more

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I don't think it's a stereotype but i was just wondering why low income nations and cities have a higher hiv/aids rate?

I don't think it's a stereotype but i was just wondering why low income nations and cities have a higher hiv/aids rate?

Other factors: In the heavily-affected regions of africa, lack of circumcision (still debated), social problems leading to promiscuity, lack of condoms and endemic violence against women. In the usa underclass, despair leads to IV drug abuse which spreads hiv. Even in the poorest parts of the muslim world and most of latin america, HIV infection is uncommon. This is simplistic -- there's much more. ...Read more

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Why do older people have smelly skin?

Why do older people have smelly skin?

No. They don't.: Older people don't have smelly skin. It's poor personal hygiene that causes smelly skin. ...Read more

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Do people turn more to religion as they get old?

Common: As people age, they get to starting to thing abut the reality of their leaving this life. A part of all religions is to address what happens next, usually in a comforting although sometimes threatening manner. Older folks facing this frequently gravitate to their religion to find satisfaction with the inevitable passing. ...Read more

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Deconditioned by long hours online x 1yr so started supervised program for people in good shape but older. Should I do exercises that cause me pain?

Deconditioned by long hours online x 1yr so started supervised program for people in good shape but older. Should I do exercises that cause me pain?

No, qualified: When you are deconditioned it is wise to do short frequent exercises that are not too taxing and work towards longer sessions. If you are getting pain you could be tearing tendons or muscles. Heat, magnesium oil, and gentle stretching might help. Be sure to stay well hydrated. Dehydration can increase muscle pain. ...Read more

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What are some good physical exercises for older people in wheelchairs?

Sitting exercises: Traditional yoga encourages positive physical and mental health, according to the national center on physical activity and disability (ncpad). Hatha yoga, the most popular yoga form in western cultures, emphasizes physical poses called asanas that stretch, tone and strengthen muscles, along with focused breathing that can help alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. This can be done sitting. ...Read more

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