psych-, psycho-, -psyche, -psychic, -psychical, -psychically

(Greek: mind, spirit, consciousness; mental processes; the human soul; breath of life; literally, "that which breathes" or "breathing")

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.

Pertaining to sociology as connected with psychology; psychosociologist, psychosociology.
The study of subjects, issues, and problems common to psychology and sociology.
Medical treatment of both mind and body.
psychosomatic (adjective)
1. A reference to the influence of the mind or higher functions of the brain (emotions, fears, desires, etc.) upon the functions of the body; especially, in relation to bodily disorders or disease: "Herman psychosomatic condition severely limited his ability to effectively cope with stress and attaining goals, and defensive and self-defeating strategies are repeatedly used without success, leading to frustration and constant emotional arousal of the autonomic nervous system, which produces internal bodily changes, leading to the breakdown of some organ systems."
2. Applications of the relationships between minds and bodies and in particular the psychological and emotional contributors to physical disorders; such as, a peptic ulcer, asthma, hypertension, or migraine: "Polly's psychosomatic disorder is caused by, or is notably influenced by, emotional factors that involves both her mind and her body."
A specialist in psychosomatic (mind and body) disorders.
psychosophy (s) (noun), psychosophies (pl)
The metaphysics of the mind.
The sphere or realm of consciousness.
An agent (medical drug) with antidepressant or mood-elevating properties.
1. The treatment of mental disorders with surgery of the brain; for example, lobotomy.
2. Brain surgery for the purpose of modifying emotions or behavior, especially in the treatment of psychosis, in the absence of demonstrable organic brain disease, most commonly by means of interrupting the nerve fibers connecting the frontal and limbic systems.
A constellation of psychological or behavioral symptoms as they relate to the organic dysfunction of the brain. The major organic psychosyndromes are delirium, dementia, hallucinations, and withdrawal syndrome.
1. A reference to a non-medical movement which is the opposite of psychoanalysis; stressing therapy aimed at restoring useful inhibitions and restoring the id to its rightful place in relation to the ego.
2. The integration of disjointed elements of the psyche or personality; therefore, psychosynthesist, someone who practices or advocates this method.
3. A theoretical effort to reconcile components of the unconscious, including dreams, with the rest of the personality.
4. The combining of individual elements of the mind into a whole, seen in jungian psychology as the constructive approach to understanding the unconscious in terms of preparing for things to come, in contrast to the reductive approach of psychoanalysis, which concerns itself almost exclusively with how the past has determined the present status of mental development.
1. Practical application of psychological methods in the study of economics, sociology, and other subjects.
2. The use of psychological techniques for controlling and modifying human behavior, especially for practical ends.
The body of knowledge, theories, and techniques developed for understanding and influencing individual, group, and societal behavior in specified situations.
The area of study concerned with the practical application of tested knowledge about the human mind or brain.
psychotheism (s) (noun), psychotheisms (pl)
The doctrine of the absolute spirituality of God.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving the "mind, mental" word units: anima-; anxi-; deliri-; hallucina-; menti-; moro-; noo-; nous; phreno-; thymo-2.

Word units related to breath and breathe: hal-; pneo-; pneumato-; pneumo-; spiro.