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vestigial body image

the subjective or internal image of one’s appearance that is not necessarily modified by changes to one’s external features. For example, individuals who have lost large amounts of weight may continue to have a vestigial body image of themsleves as an overweight individual.

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June 19th 2024

cautious shift

cautious shift

a choice shift in which an individual making a decision as part of a group adopts a more cautious approach than the same individual would have adopted had he or she made the decision alone. Studies suggest that such shifts are (a) rarer than the opposite risky shift and (b) most likely to occur when the majority of the members of the group, prior to discussion, favor a cautious rather than a risky choice. See also group polarization.