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interactionism Syllabification: in·ter·ac·tion·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈakSHəˌnizəm/

Definition of interactionism in English:


The theory that there are two entities, mind and body, each of which can have an effect on the other.
Example sentences
  • Hence interactionism violates physical closure after all.
  • The dualistic theory known as interactionism is most commonly associated with Descartes.
  • With the advent of interactionism and labelling theory in the 1960s, attention turned to the importance of societal reaction in constructing deviant or delinquent acts.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • He was a dualistic interactionist, who thought that the rational soul and the body have a causal influence on each other.
  • But the dualist views we are considering deny epiphenomenalism: they are interactionist views.
  • The notion of interpersonal congruence arises from the social psychological framework of identity negotiation, which in turn grew out of the writings of the early symbolic interactionists.
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