Definition of psychogenesis in English:


Syllabification: psy·cho·gen·e·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌsīkōˈjenəsis


[in singular]
  • The psychological cause to which a mental illness or behavioral disturbance may be attributed (as distinct from a physical cause).
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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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