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psychogenesis Line breaks: psy¦cho|gen¦esis
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

Definition of psychogenesis in English:


The psychological cause to which a mental illness or behavioural disturbance may be attributed (as distinct from a physical cause): they traced the psychogenesis of those cases to an early excessive affection for the mother or the father
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  • In what follows, I explore the ambivalent nature of cannibalistic images in the Pitjantjatjara and other Australian Aboriginal life-worlds in light of its significance for the psychogenesis of the self.
  • Greenblatt needs Shakespeare to have been a Catholic to enable him to say what he wants to say about the psychogenesis of Hamlet, which is for him the absolute centre of Shakespeare's life.
  • We will use the term functional symptoms, which does not assume psychogenesis but only a disturbance in bodily functioning.
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