psychic determinism


noun

the theory that all aspects of a person's psychological makeup arise from specific causes or forces, as previous experiences or instinctual drives, which may be conscious or unconscious.

Nearby words

  1. psychiatric social worker,
  2. psychiatrist,
  3. psychiatry,
  4. psychic,
  5. psychic bid,
  6. psychic distance,
  7. psychic energizer,
  8. psychic energy,
  9. psychic income,
  10. psychic research

Origin of psychic determinism

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for psychic determinism

psychic determinism

noun

psychol the assumption, made esp by Freud, that mental processes do not occur by chance but that a cause can always be found for them
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