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    Default Stereotypical behaviour

    Can anyone explain this??
    Some people would not be able to concentrate on anything if meanwhile they did not engage in stereotyped behavior, such as continuosly touching the hair.
    I know these actions stimulate the production of b-endorphins and dopamine. Does this therefore mean that there is not enough endorphins and dopamine production?
    I know such behaviours are related to a small-sized hypothalamus.
    Basically, it happens that Attention is maintained through continuous stereotyped behaviour.

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    abnormal behavior
    includes any activity judged to be outside the normal behavior pattern for animals of that particular class and age, including the vices, the fixed patterns of abnormality.
    aggressive behavior
    is common in animals as part of the establishment of territorial rights by males, as competition for sexual favors, because of fear of the unknown, and as maternal protection of young. In companion animals, aggression and dominance directed against humans can also be learned. See also aggression.
    allelomimetic behavior
    group activity behavior; those behavioral traits used to interact with others, particularly developed during the early socialization period.
    auditory behavior
    the use of the voice to communicate is poorly developed in animals but is used for example in the various voices used by cattle including mooing, lowing, bellowing. Is used most extensively by animals in communicating between mother and young and in courtship.
    automatistic behavior
    see stereotypic behavior (below).
    communicative behavior
    the behavioral patterns that result in communication between animals. Includes auditory, visual and chemical patterns.
    consumptive behavior
    includes inappropriate sucking and wool sucking, particularly in cats. May be the result of early weaning.
    destructive behavior
    involves digging or the destruction of items, such as furniture, doors, or toys, by chewing. Causes include separation anxiety, fear-induced aggression and play aggression.
    elimination behavior
    the ritual and method of passing urine and feces, particularly as seen in dogs and cats. This includes searching for the site, pre-elimination behavior of sniffing, scratching, etc., posture and post-elimination action such as scratching the ground or covering feces with dirt. Housetraining involves modification of this behavior.
    epimeletic behavior
    maternal behavior; that demonstrated by a dam caring for her young in the early stages.
    et-epimeletic behavior
    care-seeking behavior; young responding to the dam's care giving. In puppies, this includes tail-wagging, licking the dam's face, and following the dam closely.
    hallucinatory behavior
    behavior which suggests dementia. This may be inherent or acquired, e.g. shying at nonexistent objects in cows with nervous acetonemia, biting at imaginary flies by dogs.
    ingestive behavior
    includes overeating, inadequate intake of food, predation, wool sucking, pica, coprophagia, garbage eating and food-related aggression.
    behavior modification
    the use of learning techniques to alter behavior.
    predatory behavior
    chasing and killing is commonly displayed by cats in catching birds and rodents. Dogs, particularly in packs, may show predatory behavior in threatening and killing of livestock and, in some instances, humans.
    sexual behavior
    includes courtship and the mating act. Much of the behavior is visual including posture, feather fluffing, tail carriage; some of it is auditory, especially in cats, but chemical communication via pheromones is the clincher.
    social behavior
    behavior relative to others in the group. Includes establishment of the peck order, bulling by steers in feedlots, crowd pressure in the feeding of large groups of pigs, cannibalism in overcrowded communities, even self-immolation in lemming communities. The social stress that may follow abnormal group behavior may result in lowered production, reduction in disease resistance, or the expression of actual disease, e.g. esophagogastric ulcer of pigs.
    stereotypic behavior
    constant and repetitive actions, such as vocalization, grooming, walking or weaving, which would otherwise be seen normally in the species. See also obsessive-compulsive behavior.
    thermoregulatory behavior
    actions such as seeking cool places, lapping water, huddling are self-explanatory examples.
    visual behavior
    body language for animals. Posture, gait, other body movements all convey information about the animal.

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    Is that what most of us also know as "mannerisms"? Well, what I know is that it can be treated depending on the mannerism as there are different types of it. One very successful form is called cbt (cognitive behavioral therapy) in which you learn the thoughts that coincide with the mannerisms and learn behaviors to change the thoughts and the mannerisms. If these "mannerisms" are tics or obsessions/ compulsions, then medicine can also help along with cbt.

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