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[sahy-kuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌsaɪ kəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
genesis of the psyche.
Psychology. the origin of physical or psychological states, normal or abnormal, out of the interplay of conscious and unconscious psychological forces.
Pathology. the origin of symptoms as a result of emotional causes.
Origin of psychogenesis
1830-40; < New Latin; see psycho-, -genesis
Related forms
[sahy-koh-juh-net-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
psychogenetically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychogenesis
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  • It is the golden egg laid by the god Seb at the beginning of a new life cycle in psychogenesis.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • psychogenesis: the origin and development of social and other instincts and habits.

  • For this reason we must also reject the notion that child psychology can solve these ultimate problems of psychogenesis.

  • Wherefore it may be said that the fourth dimensional concept marks a distinct stage in psychogenesis or evolution of mind.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Were it not for this his conception would indeed mark the beginning of a new era in psychogenesis.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
British Dictionary definitions for psychogenesis


(psychol) the study of the origin and development of personality, human behaviour, and mental processes
Derived Forms
psychogenetic (ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
psychogenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychogenesis

also psycho-genesis, 1838, "origin of the soul or mind," from psycho- + genesis. Related: Psychogenetic; psychogenetical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychogenesis in Medicine

psychogenesis psy·cho·gen·e·sis (sī'kə-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)

  1. The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.

  2. Development of a physical disorder or illness resulting from psychic, rather than physiological, factors.

psy'cho·ge·net'ic (-jə-nět'ĭk) adj.
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