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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Functional nervous disorder’ was used in the late 19th century to denote symptoms arising from disordered nervous functioning, but in the 20th century this was superseded by terms that implied psychogenesis, such as psychosomatic.’
    • ‘The terms used to describe such symptoms - medically unexplained symptoms or functional somatic symptoms - are purely descriptive and do not imply psychogenesis.’
    • ‘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.’