Definitions for preparednessprɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs
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pre•par•ed•nessprɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs(n.)
the state of being prepared; readiness, esp. for war.
Origin of preparedness:
readiness, preparedness, preparation(noun)
the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
"putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
The state of being prepared
In psychology, preparedness is a concept developed to explain why certain associations are learned more readily than others. For example, phobias related to survival, such as snakes, spiders, and heights, are much more common and much easier to induce in the laboratory than other kinds of fears. According to Seligman, this is a result of our evolutionary history. The theory states that organisms which learned to fear environmental threats faster had a survival and reproductive advantage. Consequently, the innate predisposition to fear these threats became an adaptive human trait. The concept of preparedness has also been used to explain why taste aversions are learned so quickly and efficiently compared with other kinds of classical conditioning.
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