“Dysfunctional Pattern” is a term prevalent in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and systems theory, referring to repetitive behaviors or thoughts that are maladaptive and impede an individual’s or system’s healthy functioning. It often manifests through destructive habits, negative thinking and toxic relationships. These patterns may stem from early life experiences and can persist into adulthood if not addressed. They tend to repeat due to their ingrained nature in one’s psychological makeup.

In psychology, dysfunctional patterns are linked with mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. They involve cognitive distortions that skew an individual’s perception of reality. In systems theory, they refer to recurrent issues within the structure of a system that prevent it from operating optimally.

Recognizing these patterns plays an integral role in therapeutic processes such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), where individuals learn to identify and alter these patterns for improved mental health. Similarly, in systems theory, identifying dysfunctional patterns is fundamental for effective problem-solving and system enhancement.


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Category: Mental Health
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Subcategories: Behavioral psychology, Cognitive therapy, Maladaptive behaviors
Synonyms: Maladaptive pattern, Unhealthy behavior trend
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