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Poorly suited to a particular function or situation.
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(ˌmæl əˈdæp tɪd)

poorly suited or adapted to a particular condition or set of circumstances.
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(2010) examined three hypotheses/scenarios that explain the causes of range limits of species, and concluded that in the volcano barnacle, Tetraclita rubescens, the northern range boundary is maintained by migration load arising from flow of maladapted alleles into peripheral locations.
That's a narrative that appeals to many experts, who not coincidentally live in those "talent-laden clusters." It suggests that the plight of Left-Behind Places is nobody's fault--it's the result of an impersonal evolutionary process that just happens to favor coastal elites while crushing the maladapted.
Another study has the same findings that maltreatment in childhood has showed the elevated maladapted schemas.18 The maladaptive schemas stem from childhood when needs are not satisfied properly and children remain emotionally disturbed.
Putting aside the centuries-long tribal, ethnic and religious conflicts, the simple fact is that overpopulation, religious doctrine and underdevelopment due to rejection of Western secular values and science have led to a super-abundance of young, uneducated, unskilled and socially maladapted men who, seeing the flight of the truly persecuted Syrians, tagged on to their exodus to Western Europe - that same continent which their societies long regarded as morally and culturally degenerate but which now is imagined to be some kind of cornucopian refuge.
Rather, many child molesters are acting out maladapted needs for control or intimacy, shattering others to better cushion themselves against human pains.
For Schuster the neurotic is the figure of maladaptation, but one who in the act of complaint figures the maladapted nature of human existence in relation to political, economic, and philosophical frameworks: "Neurosis is the name for the crack in these frameworks, the protest that stems from their internal fissures and inconsistencies--the neurotic is somehow both a sad and heroic figure, the reject of civilization and the embodiment of its explosive dynamism" (2016, 22).
Copper in the pistils acts as a selective agent since seed production is reduced when pollen donors are maladapted to copper-rich soils (Searcy & Mulcahy, 1985; Searcy & MacNair, 1990).
Allison, "Fluctuating Fisheries in Africas Inland Waters: Well Adapted Livelihoods, Maladapted Management," in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, Corvallis, Ore, USA, 2000.
"The reason they have this disease is because their vestibular-ocular reflex is maladapted, and the treatment readapts them," Dai says.
The outcome is excessive and fast response from the higher order, which are "not likely to be as delicate or as reversible as those of lower order, and if they are initiated too quickly they may be more massive than may be required." (74) Thus, the system repeatedly overcorrects, becoming unstable and inflexible, leaving it fragile and inherently maladapted to react to change.
The relevance of our study consists in analysing how the negative emotions behave and their relation to the maladapted behaviour in the young offenders population and if it follows the same pattern as the general population.