Definition of metapsychological in US English:



  • See metapsychology

    • ‘They arose, in part, from the way in which psychoanalysts employed metapsychological theories to explain both character pathology and major psychiatric conditions.’
    • ‘This suggests that the recognition of an overt act of communication may be, in some sense, epistemically ‘simpler’ than a metapsychological attribution.’
    • ‘The best known of the five published metapsychological papers is ‘Mourning and Melancholia.’’
    • ‘This concept of optimal frustration became Kohut's fundamental approach to a metapsychological theory of structure formation both in childhood as well as during the psychoanalysis.’
    • ‘The answer lies in a theoretical perspective, a clarifying of metaphysical and metapsychological assumptions.’