psych-, psycho-, -psyche, -psychic, -psychical, -psychically
A prefix that is normally used with elements of Greek origin, psych- affects the meanings of hundreds of words.
Etymologically, this element includes such meanings as, breath, to breathe, life, soul, spirit, mind, consciousness.
1. The history, description, or delineation of the mind or soul, or of mind in the abstract; the descriptive branch of psychology.
2. Supposed spirit-writing by the hand or intervention of a medium.
3. The literary characterization of an individual, real or fictional, that uses psychoanalytical and psychological categories and theories; a psychological biography or character description.
The literary characterization of an individual, real or fictional, that uses psychoanalytical and psychological categories and theories; a psychological biography or character description.
The combined use of psychology (especially psychoanalysis) and history in the writing, especially of biography.
psychoinfantilism (s) (noun)
, psychoinfantilisms (pl)
The retention of childlike mental or character traits into adulthood.
1. Explosive or impulsive maniacal action caused by defective inhibition; considered by some to be the basis of impulse disorders.
2. The influence of mind upon matter, as the use of mental "power" to move or distort an object.
3. In para psychology, claimed or alleged influence exerted on a physical object by a subject without any intermediate physical energy or instrumentation. In other words, moving objects apparently by mental power.
An obsolete term for psychic force.
The neural energy operative in any mental activity.
1. Sexual arousal and gratification obtained from mental imagery alone.
2. Sexual excitation induced by thoughts about sexual matters.
1. Excessive reverence for the soul.
2. Worship of departed spirits.
, psycholepsies (pl) (nouns)
An intense mental depression that has a sudden onset; sudden mood changes accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inertia; also known as psychic seizure: "Lloyd was diagnosed as having psycholepsy, a condition that is characterized by sudden changes in mood that tend toward depression."
That group of psychotropic agents whose effect is primarily on mental functions rather than on psychomotor activity. Included are minor tranquilizers, antidepressants, and hallucinogens.
A reference to psycholinguistics.
1. The study of linguistics as it relates to human behavior.
2. Study of a host of psychological factors associated with speaking; including voice, attitudes, emotions, and grammatical rules, that affect communication and tunderstand, predict, and often to change the behavior of living organisms, with a particular emphasis on human behavior in its origins, development, and expression during the lifetime of the individual.relating to psychology.
A reference to the study of the mind in all of its relationships, normal and abnormal.
Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving the "mind, mental" word units:
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