Maladaptive Adaptation

A Maladaptive adaptation is a physiological, emotional, or behavioural adaptation that is functional in one environment, but dysfunctional in another. For example, Attention Deficit Adaptation is functional in chaotic and violent environments (Sharp & Ratkovic, draft), but dysfunctional in structured environments like the classroom, or the workplace.[1]

Related Terms

Maladaptive Adaptation > Connection Pathology, Ego Damage, Ego Dysfunction



  1. Sosteric, Mike & Ratkovic, Gina (draft). Gateway to Eden: Darwin, Lamarck, and the Ascent of Humanity. Unpublished manuscript.