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psychogenesis

[ sahy-kuh-jen-uh-sis ]

noun

  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.


psychogenesis

/ ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk; ˌsaɪkəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs /

noun

  1. psychol the study of the origin and development of personality, human behaviour, and mental processes


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Derived Forms

  • ˌpsychogeˈnetically, adverb
  • psychogenetic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • psy·cho·ge·net·ic [sahy-koh-j, uh, -, net, -ik], adjective
  • psycho·ge·neti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of psychogenesis1

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; psycho-, -genesis

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Example Sentences

The a priori inheres in quintopyknosis or kosmic psychogenesis.

The cell-soul (or cytopsyche): first stage of phyletic psychogenesis.

The tissue-soul (histopsyche): third stage of phyletic psychogenesis.

The communal or cenobitic soul (coenopsyche): second stage of phyletic psychogenesis.

Human psychogenesis takes place in the communal stage of his life.

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