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psychologize

Line breaks: psych|olo¦gize
(also psychologise)

Definition of psychologize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Analyse or regard in psychological terms.
Example sentences
  • Too frequently, Stevenson's doubled scenes, his disjunctive narratives, even his fascination with and sophisticated representations of cultural difference have been merely psychologized.
  • Goldstein's earlier novels psychologized time, foregrounding the present and explaining it by the past.
  • At its fiercest moments of theatricalization, the maternal is not a mere foil for psychologizing or romanticizing childhood.
1.1 [no object] Theorize or speculate concerning psychology.
Example sentences
  • How do dreams appear to people who, lacking the explanatory and theoretical machinery of modern psychology and neuroscience, cannot psychologize them?
  • In it, Bonfil blasted conventional applied anthropologists for psychologizing poverty and blaming its victims, for recommending insignificant solutions to structural problems, and for pathologizing revolutionary change.

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