Definition of psychological in US English:

psychological

adjective

  • 1Of, affecting, or arising in the mind; related to the mental and emotional state of a person.

    ‘the victim had sustained physical and psychological damage’
    • ‘Victims are often left with lasting psychological damage that can include panic attacks and nervous breakdowns.’
    • ‘It was important that she had a suppression order because of her own emotional and psychological state.’
    • ‘Just leave it alone until you're healed from your emotional & psychological pain.’
    • ‘In all the images there is a strong sense of emotional and psychological character.’
    • ‘The psychological, social or emotional needs of the professor are of no concern to the student.’
    • ‘Couples must also understand each other's psychological and emotional needs.’
    • ‘It adds not just an acoustic dimension to sound, but psychological and emotional dimensions too.’
    • ‘Emotional and psychological suffering in prisons is deliberately inflicted.’
    • ‘It is a dynamic reworking of a classical story, vividly expressed and full of psychological intensity and emotion.’
    • ‘In the north of Europe, the Fauves' celebration of color was pushed to new emotional and psychological depths.’
    • ‘The pressure to look reed thin has severe psychological impacts on one's mind.’
    • ‘The end product is of course very different, but the internal or psychological processes are related.’
    • ‘The psychological and financial damage of three consecutive years of falling share prices will be with us for a decade.’
    • ‘Does he not see the inner torment and psychological damage this is causing me?’
    • ‘Anyone who takes it in large amounts runs the risk of severe psychological damage and a marked change in personality.’
    • ‘The psychological, spiritual and emotional support given to brothers fills their hearts to overflowing.’
    • ‘Francesca Woodman's photographs are psychological rather than physical portraits.’
    • ‘Will the tsunami leave a permanent emotional and psychological scar on the entire community?’
    • ‘Yet, the axes created by the formulae may reflect some sort of psychological reality.’
    • ‘Those seeking emotional, or psychological, insights are wasting their time.’
    mental, emotional, intellectual, inner, non-physical, cerebral, brain, rational, cognitive, abstract, conceptual, theoretical
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    1. 1.1 Relating to psychology.
      ‘psychological research’
      • ‘This puts him in an interesting, and almost unique position to be the subject of a psychological experiment.’
      • ‘Firstly, the psychological research tends to show that people forget things very quickly.’
      • ‘Additional psychological research on Irish emigrants focuses on the Irish in Britain.’
      • ‘What light might psychological research shed upon these troubling events?’
      • ‘His research provides a psychological framework which offers a useful guide to thinking about risk assessment.’
      • ‘She took a sabbatical and has continued with her psychological researches while sailing the South Seas.’
      • ‘I find consolation in the fact that psychological research shows that man is capable of empathy as well as evil.’
      • ‘The evidence concerns a kind of psychological therapy known as debriefing.’
      • ‘The best treatment for phobia is a psychological treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy.’
      • ‘Many have been described and manipulated by much psychological research.’
      • ‘The new research looked at psychological tests done 12 months after the first injection.’
      • ‘The psychological discourse is organised around the signs and symptoms of mental illness.’
    2. 1.2 (of an ailment or problem) having a mental rather than a physical cause.
      ‘it was concluded that her pain was psychological’
      • ‘Yet another project offers support to women with psychological problems.’
      • ‘When he was a child, he demonstrated the psychological problem of being too self-centered.’
      • ‘They diagnose psychological problems, but cannot offer follow-up care.’
      • ‘The tone of the article tends to suggest that these new findings make shyness a psychological problem rather than a social one.’
      • ‘No person without deep psychological problems desires to have a negative conception of her or himself.’
      • ‘Perhaps, my fear of vegetables is really due to a psychological problem.’
      • ‘As many as half the animals in dogs' homes have been abandoned because of psychological problems.’
      • ‘In essence that there was a macho culture which refused to acknowledge the psychological problems engendered by combat.’
      • ‘As chief officer of the military rehabilitation unit it's her duty to treat soldiers who have psychological problems.’
      • ‘There were higher rates of psychological problems among girls than boys.’
      • ‘Even when their problems are psychological or social, patients usually present with physical symptoms.’
      • ‘Most sexual problems have a psychological rather than a physical cause.’
      • ‘Scientific research has successfully shown that abortion causes many psychological side effects.’
      • ‘He suffered from psychological problems and had an IQ rating in the top 10 per cent in the country.’
      • ‘It also dealt with psychological problems like loneliness and depression.’
      • ‘In some instances, a habit may be the result or the cause of a physical or psychological problem.’
      • ‘There's further evidence this week that smoking causes rather than cures psychological problems.’
      • ‘I hope I haven't affected their lives in any bad way, or helped to give them psychological problems.’
      • ‘The first is how psychoanalysis, if it is a myth, can solve psychological problems.’
      • ‘I've studied and offer many of these for dealing with challenging physical and psychological problems.’
      in the mind, all in the mind, psychosomatic, emotional, irrational, subjective, subconscious, subliminal, unconscious
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Pronunciation

psychological

/ˌsaɪkəˈlɑdʒək(ə)l//ˌsīkəˈläjək(ə)l/