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metapsychology

 [met´ah-si-kol´o-je]
the branch of psychology that deals with the theoretical or speculative aspects of a particular subject of psychology, and the significance of mental processes that are beyond empirical verification.

met·a·psy·chol·o·gy

(met'ă-sī-kol'ŏ-jē),
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]

metapsychology

/meta·psy·chol·o·gy/ (-si-kol´ah-je) the branch of speculative psychology that deals with the significance of mental processes that are beyond empirical verification.

metapsychology

(mĕt′ə-sī-kŏl′ə-jē)
n.
Philosophical inquiry or theory supplementing the empirical science of psychology. Metapsychology deals with aspects of the mind that cannot be evaluated on the basis of objective or empirical evidence.

metapsychology

Fringe psychology
An informal branch of theoretical or speculative psychology that deals with the significance of mental processes; the nature of the mind-body relationship; origin, purpose and structure of the mind; and other nebulous hypotheses beyond the realm of empirical verification.

met·a·psy·chol·o·gy

(met'ă-sī-kol'ŏ-jē)
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. psychoanalysis Psychology concerning the fundamental assumptions of the freudian theory of the mind, which entail five points of view: 1) dynamic, concerning psychological forces; 2) economic, concerning psychological energy; 3) structural, concerning psychological configurations; 4) genetic, concerning psychological origins; and 5) adaptive, concerning psychologic relations with the environment.
[G. meta, beyond, transcending, + psychology]
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This combination of identification and differentiation is the metapsychological matrix of race where, while opposing identity and difference, ideologies endow them with values.
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In chapter 5 White argues that adequate resolution of the puzzles concerning personal identity requires accepting metapsychological relativism.
In the play and in the ensuing text, the authors explore the central issues in the development Freud's metapsychological theory and therapeutic practice with Heidegger's early philosophy, as well as examine Medard Boss and his Daseins analysis and Ludwig Binswanger's phenomenological psychiatry.
This assumption is also consistent with other non-dualist and/or "non-reductive physicalist" conceptions of personality and spirituality (Brown & Jeeves, 1999; Polkinghorne, 2001), although RS does not require adoption of this metapsychological position.
It is thus the metapsychological sediment of a phylogenetically imbedded urge to return to a state of inorganic, tension-free existence.
Psychodynamic testing methods are productive only when they are applied from within the framework of a determining metapsychological theory, says Verhaeghe (psychoanalysis, U.
It results from the metapsychological double bind that suspends her between two incompatible alternatives of speech that render her acknowledgment of one part of her loss an implicit denial of the other part.