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metapsychology

Pronunciation: met'a-si-kol'o-je

Definition:

  1. A systematic attempt to discern and describe what lies beyond the empiric facts and laws of psychology, such as the relations between body and mind, or concerning the place of the mind in the universe.
  2. In psychoanalysis, or psychoanalytic metapsychology, psychology concerning the fundamental assumptions of the freudian theory of the mind, which entails five points of view: 1) dynamic, concerning psychological forces; 2) economic, concerning psychological energy; 3) structural, concerning psychological configurations; 4) genetic, concerning psychological origins; 5) adaptive, concerning psychological relations with the environment.

[G. meta, beyond, transcending, + psychology]

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