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adulterous behavior

Actions that bely not only an unfaithfulness to one's spouse, but also a propensity toward deceit and licentiousness in general. I suspect that Ollie has been engaging in adulterous behavior recently. I wonder if his husband has picked up on it.
See also: behavior

ape (one's) behavior

To mimic the behavior of one, generally in a mocking or derisive manner. It is pretty standard now for comedians to ape the president's behavior and manner of speech.
See also: ape, behavior

be on (one's) good behavior

To be very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your good behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their good behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, good, on

be on (one's) best behavior

To be very polite or exercise exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your best behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their best behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, on

on (one's) good behavior

Being very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your good behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their good behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, good, on

on (one's) best behavior

Being very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your best behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their best behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, on

on one's best behavior

being as polite as possible. When we went out, the children were on their best behavior. I try to be on my best behavior all the time.
See also: behavior, on

*time off for good behavior

 
1. Lit. a reduction in one's prison sentence because of good behavior. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bob will get out of jail tomorrow rather than next week. He got time off for good behavior.
2. Fig. a shortened time period—such a meeting, period of punishment, school class, etc. (Jocular. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) They let me out of the meeting early. They said I got time off for good behavior.
See also: behavior, good, off, time

on one's best behavior

Also, on one's good behavior. Very polite, as in Mother told the children to be on their best behavior during Grandma's visit, or The whole staff were on their good behavior while the client inspected the premises. [Late 1600s]
See also: behavior, on
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Severely disruptive behavior was defined as openly uncooperative and hostile behavior, including frequent temper tantrums, excessive arguing with adults, and deliberate attempts to annoy or upset others.
The staff first reached consensus on the behavior to address (the posture described above) and focused on that behavior alone.
Murphy, Macdonald, Hall, and Oliver (2000) investigated the termination of ritualistic behavior as a possible maintaining variable for the aggressive behavior of an individual diagnosed with severe developmental disabilities.
Too often, delineation of the strategy for increasing the replacement behavior becomes pure speculation.
In addition to a number of journals that regularly publish work by behavior analysts (e.g., Behavioural Processes, Behavior Modification, Journal of Mind and Behavior, Learning and Behavior, The Psychological Record), several journals in the United States and abroad are devoted exclusively to experimental, theoretical, and applied behavior analytic work, including basic and applied research on verbal behavior (e.g., Behavior and Philosophy, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and The Behavior Analyst).
* What happens just before and just after the behavior?
Participants were least accurate in identifying the functional hypotheses for Aaron, Helen, Barbara, and Manuel's problem behavior (67% or less) and most accurate with Danielle and Adam (87%).
Among females, a high level of depressive symptoms at baseline was associated with a significantly elevated likelihood of engaging in risky behavior between interviews (odds ratio, 1.5), but not with the odds of reporting any particular behavior.
While this sharp transition might seem unexpected, the researchers weren't altogether surprised to find it because the mathematical principles underlying their model of foraging behavior make such a transition likely.
The kids who are the best at managing bullying behavior may get right up to a kid who picked on them and give it right back with words.
A communication culture emerges when employees identify and adopt acceptable communication behaviors. Wittingly or unwittingly, managers send signals about what is appropriate conduct, and employees pick up on these cues.
Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) found that vigorous physical activity declines about 30% between grades 9 and 12.
Victims of bullying behavior are significantly distressed by this behavior and exhibit signs of social withdrawal, school avoidance, stress-related problems, decline in academic performance, depression, and sometimes suicide (Austin & Joseph, 1996; Bond, Carlin, Thomas, Rubin, & Patton, 2002; Craig, 1998; Crick & Bigbee, 1998; Crick & Grotpeter, 1996; Hawker & Boulton, 2000; Rigby, 1996).
Changing feedback systems can also encourage shifts in behavior. For example, publicly publishing outcomes and contrasting results across people or units can be used to increase people's discomfort with their current performance, thus highlighting changes that need to be made.
media are filled with advice about how to make personal health-promoting behavior changes.