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  1. genesis of the psyche.
  2. Psychology. the origin of physical or psychological states, normal or abnormal, out of the interplay of conscious and unconscious psychological forces.
  3. Pathology. the origin of symptoms as a result of emotional causes.

Origin of psychogenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at psycho-, -genesis
Related formspsy·cho·ge·net·ic [sahy-koh-juh-net-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjectivepsy·cho·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Psychogenesis: the origin and development of social and other instincts and habits.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Wherefore it may be said that the fourth dimensional concept marks a distinct stage in psychogenesis or evolution of mind.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • It is the golden egg laid by the god Seb at the beginning of a new life cycle in psychogenesis.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • Were it not for this his conception would indeed mark the beginning of a new era in psychogenesis.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • For this reason we must also reject the notion that child psychology can solve these ultimate problems of psychogenesis.

British Dictionary definitions for psychogenesis


  1. psychol the study of the origin and development of personality, human behaviour, and mental processes
Derived Formspsychogenetic (ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectivepsychogenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychogenesis


also psycho-genesis, 1838, "origin of the soul or mind," from psycho- + genesis. Related: Psychogenetic; psychogenetical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychogenesis in Medicine


  1. The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.
  2. Development of a physical disorder or illness resulting from psychic, rather than physiological, factors.
Related formspsy′cho•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.
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