Definition of psychosomatic in English:



  • 1(of a physical illness or other condition) caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress.

    ‘her doctor was convinced that most of Edith's problems were psychosomatic’
    • ‘Hospitals report a wave of psychosomatic illnesses among patients since the landing of the Sirians on Earth: headaches, nervous fever, aching joints, insomnia and neurotic behavior.’
    • ‘Although Shorter's book says little about the contemporary experience of psychosomatic illness, it's clear that similar mind-body-culture interplay is very much alive today.’
    • ‘Psychological approaches to illness have expanded enormously since the medical establishment adopted the concept of psychosomatic illness to explain illnesses that could not otherwise be diagnosed or cured.’
    • ‘Of all the psychoanalysts to write on psychosomatic illness, none was more influential than the Berlin / Chicago psychoanalyst Franz Alexander.’
    • ‘Because CFS lacks definitive organic causes, it is often dismissed by physicians as either a psychosomatic illness or a manifestation of clinical depression.’
    • ‘Hence, our self-reported data are not supportive of the idea that MCS syndrome is primarily a psychiatric or psychosomatic condition.’
    • ‘When early separation anxieties have been traumatic, she says, there are still many possible outcomes, ranging from psychosis and psychosomatic illness to addiction and other acting out pathology.’
    • ‘We read daily of psychosomatic disorders, and of stress exacerbating asthma, heart disease, gastric ulcers and schizophrenia. ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’, a healthy mind in a health body.’
    • ‘That it tells more of a psychosomatic illness, - the images are symptomatic of a personal trouble - than it does of a feeling of the war.’
    • ‘Indeed, asthma is considered by many to be the prototype of psychosomatic illness.’
    • ‘With increasing stress, the incidence of stress related psychosomatic and psychiatric illnesses has increased tremendously.’
    • ‘Moreover, chronic diseases of kidneys, lung, brain, liver, joints, etc., and stress related psychosomatic illnesses cause significant morbidity in the general public.’
    • ‘Depression, anxiety, and psychosomatic disorders are the most frequently identified mental health consequences among acculturating individuals.’
    • ‘Part 2 on physical and psychosomatic illness opens with Liakopoulou's chapter on the separation-individuation process in adolescents with chronic physical illness.’
    • ‘Over time they become more assertive, expressing themselves as compulsions and obsessions, phobias and prejudices, neuroses and psychosomatic illnesses.’
    • ‘You're less likely to suffer from psychosomatic illnesses - digestive disorders, other stress disorders, headaches, vascular stress.’
    • ‘Physically, they have been put under chronic stress, causing spondylitis, back pain, insomnia, and other psychosomatic illnesses.’
    • ‘He advanced the concept that specific unconscious conflicts are associated with various psychosomatic disorders and are the end results of prolonged physiological states that are caused by repressed conflicts.’
    • ‘His site investigates psychosomatic illnesses, with emphasis on post traumatic stress disorder, chemical imbalances and childhood stress.’
    • ‘What distinguishes hysteria from other kinds of neurosis or psychosomatic illness is the mutability of its symptoms, the manner in which trauma can be converted into a potentially infinite array of corporeal manifestations.’
    in the mind, all in the mind, psychological, irrational, stress-related, stress-induced, subjective, subconscious, unconscious
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  • 2Relating to the interaction of mind and body.

    ‘hypnosis involves powerful but little-understood psychosomatic interactions’
    • ‘God did not make us disembodied minds; he made us psychosomatic beings.’
    • ‘Everything that we experience is psychosomatic because the body is always involved, whenever we look through our eyes, whenever we hear through the ears, and in everything that we experience in terms of our feelings and sensations.’
    • ‘We surely are psychosomatic unities, ‘animated bodies rather than incarnated souls,’ to use a famous phrase.’