Definition of psychologize in English:

psychologize

(also psychologise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Analyse or regard in psychological terms.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Capote brings out many salient facts about the killers' lives, but contents himself largely with psychologizing about Smith's condition.’
    • ‘Again, Bresson never psychologizes, never over-explains, never tells us in words what can be conveyed on a person's face.’
    • ‘Too frequently, Stevenson's doubled scenes, his disjunctive narratives, even his fascination with and sophisticated representations of cultural difference have been merely psychologized.’
    1. 1.1[no object] Theorize or speculate concerning psychology.
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

psychologize

/sʌɪˈkɒlədʒʌɪz/