noun[mass noun] Philosophy
The theory that there are two entities, mind and body, each of which can have an effect on the other.
- 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.
interactionist 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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