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Psych- words: “psychosensory” to “psychurgy”,
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Words that include: psych-, psycho-, -psyche, -psychic,
-psychical, -psychically
(Greek: mind, spirit, consciousness; mental processes;
the human soul; breath of life)

A prefix that is normally used with elements of Greek origin, psych- affects the meanings of hundreds of words.

Etymologically, this element includes such meanings as, breath, to breathe, life, soul, spirit, mind, consciousness; and literally, "that which breathes".

psychosensory, psychosensorial:
1. Denoting the mental perception and interpretation of sensory stimuli.
2. Hallucinations that by mental efforts make it possible for the mind to distinguish such hallucinations from reality.
A reference to the conscious perception of sensory impulses.
psychosis (singular), psychoses (plural):
1. A mental and behavioral disorder causing gross distortion or the disorganization of a person's mental capacity, affective response, and capacity to recognize reality, communicate, and relate to others to the degree of interfering with the person's capacity to cope with the ordinary demands of everyday life. The psychoses are divided into two major classifications according to their origins: a. those associated with organic brain syndromes (e.g., Korsakoff's syndrome); b. those less strictly organic and having some functional component(s) (for example, the schizophrenias, bipolar disorder).
2. Generic term for any of the so-called insanities, the most common forms being the schizophrenias.
3. A severe emotional and behavioral disorder.
1. Of or pertaining to the interaction between social and psychological factors.
2. Denoting the interrelationship between a person and his or her environment, in particular the psychological and interpersonal aspects of the individual's relationship to the group.
Pertaining to sociology as connected with psychology; psychosociologist, psychosociology.
The study of subjects, issues, and problems common to psychology and sociology.
1. A reference to the influence of the mind or higher functions of the brain (emotions, fears, desires, etc.) upon the functions of the body; especially, in relation to bodily disorders or disease.
2. Of or pertaining to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
3. Pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body.
4. Referring to the relationship between mind and body and in particular the psychological and emotional contributors to physical disorders such as peptic ulcer, asthma, hypertension, or migraine.
A specialist in psychosomatic disorders.
The philosophy or metaphysics of the mind; psychosophist, one who deals with such a philosophy.
The sphere or realm of consciousness.
An agent (medical drug) with antidepressant or mood-elevating properties.
A constellation of psychological or behavioral symptoms as they relate to the organic dysfunction of the brain. The major organic psychosyndromes are delirium, dementia, hallucinations, and withdrawal syndrome.
1. The treatment of mental disorders with surgery of the brain; for example, lobotomy.
2. Brain surgery for the purpose of modifying emotions or behavior, especially in the treatment of psychosis, in the absence of demonstrable organic brain disease, most commonly by means of interrupting the nerve fibers connecting the frontal and limbic systems.
1. A reference to a non-medical movement which is the opposite of psychoanalysis; stressing therapy aimed at restoring useful inhibitions and restoring the id to its rightful place in relation to the ego.
2. The integration of disjointed elements of the psyche or personality; therefore, psychosynthesist, someone who practices or advocates this method.
3. A theoretical effort to reconcile components of the unconscious, including dreams, with the rest of the personality.
4. The combining of individual elements of the mind into a whole, seen in jungian psychology as the constructive approach to understanding the unconscious in terms of preparing for things to come, in contrast to the reductive approach of psychoanalysis, which concerns itself almost exclusively with how the past has determined the present status of mental development.
1. Practical application of psychological methods in the study of economics, sociology, and other subjects.
2. The use of psychological techniques for controlling and modifying human behavior, especially for practical ends.
psychotechnology, psychotechnological:
The body of knowledge, theories, and techniques developed for understanding and influencing individual, group, and societal behavior in specified situations.
The doctrine of the absolute spirituality of God.
A person, usually a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, professionally trained and engaged in psychotherapy. Currently, the term is also applied to social workers, nurses, and others whose state licensing practice acts include psychotherapy.
psychotherapy, psychotherapeutics:
1. Treatment of emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders based primarily upon verbal or nonverbal communication and interventions with the patient, in contrast to treatments utilizing chemical and physical measures.
2. The treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by a professional technique, as with psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy.
Relating to or affected by psychosis.
A drug that produces psychotic manifestations.
Capable of inducing psychosis; particularly referring to drugs of the LSD series and similar substances.
1. A drug or substance that produces psychological and behavioral changes resembling those of psychosis; for example, LSD.
2. Tending to produce symptoms like those of a psychosis; hallucinatory as a result of some substance or drug.
psychotoxic, psychotoxicity:
A pharmacetical substance that is toxic or harmful to the mind or personality.
1. Capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior; denoting drugs used in the treatment of mental illnesses.
2. Denoting any substance that affects psychic function or behavior; such as, psychotropic drug which includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and antidepressants.
A reference to psychological factors associated with vision; such as, the emotive connotations of particular colors, and to the center in the brain associated with such processes.
Pertaining to the mind as it is connected with life.
Of or belonging to the geological period of living creatures having souls or minds; that is, the human period.
The mind at work; mental function or activity.