metapsychology

metapsychology

[met-uh-sahy-kol-uh-jee]
noun
speculative thought dealing systematically with concepts extending beyond the limits of psychology as an empirical science.

Origin:
1905–10; meta- + psychology

metapsychological [met-uh-sahy-kuh-loj-i-kuhl] , adjective
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metapsychology (ˌmɛtəsaɪˈkɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of philosophical questions, such as the relation between mind and body, that go beyond the laws of experimental psychology
2.  any attempt to state the general laws of psychology
3.  another word for parapsychology
 
metapsychological
 
adj

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metapsychology met·a·psy·chol·o·gy (mět'ə-sī-kŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. Philosophical inquiry supplementing the empirical science of psychology and dealing with aspects of the mind that cannot be evaluated on the basis of objective or empirical evidence.

  2. A comprehensive system of psychology involving several different approaches to mental processes as described in the Freudian theory of the mind.

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