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.
2. A person who calls up departed spirits; a necromancer.
3. A believer in or practicer of psychagogy.
2. Conjuring up or evoking the spirits of the dead.
3. Psychotherapeutic re-education stressing social adjustment of the individual.
4. A psychotherapy that stresses the adoption by the patient of a suitable life goal.
5. A conductor of souls to the lower world; especially, Hermes. Also, an evoker of spirits; a necromancer.
2. Mental distress marked by auditory and visual hallucinations, often associated with melancholia.
3. Discomfort or pain, usually in the head, which accompanies mental activity (obsessions, hallucinations, etc.), and is recognized by the patient as being emotional in origin. Psychalgia is also used to refer to any psychogenic pain disorder.
2. Visual agnosia, or the inability to recognize objects by sight.
The subject sees the object, but cannot identify it; because of a lesion in the area of the occipital cortex.
2. A form of nervous weakness in which the psychical element is dominant.
3. Medical Latin, literally, "weakness of the soul" (from Greek "soul").
2. Mental confusion; the inability to fix one's attention on anything or to make any sustained mental effort.
"Sometimes psyche is considered capable of persisting in a disembodied state after separation from the body at death."2. In Mythology, personified by Plato and other philosophers, it was extended to the anima mundi, conceived to animate the general system of the universe, as the soul animates the individual organism.
"St. Paul (developing a current Jewish distinction between spirit or breath, and nephesh, soul) used psyche as the lower or merely natural life of man, shared with other animals, in contrast with the spirit."
3. The soul, or spirit, as distinguished from the body; the mind and what it processes.
4. The conscious and unconscious mind and emotions; especially, as influencing and affecting the whole person: "The psyche includes both conscious and unconscious processes."
5. A term for the subjective aspects of the mind, one's self, and the soul; the psychological or spiritual as distinct from the bodily nature of humans.
2. Producing an effect or sensation held to resemble that produced by a psychedelic drug; specifically, having vivid colors, often in bold abstract designs or in motion.
3. A reference to a person who takes a psychedelic drug or who has a psychedelic life-style.