Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To explain (behavior) in psychological terms.
  • intransitive v. To investigate, reason, or speculate in psychological terms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To interpret or analyze in psychological terms

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make psychological speculations; investigate or reason psychologically.
  • To hypnotize or mesmerize.

Etymologies

psychology +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's true that poor behavior can cause people to start questioning religion and that this might eventually lead them to atheism, but otherwise this strikes me as more an attempt to "psychologize" atheism - to treat it as nothing more than a psychological reaction to human beings rather than a reasoned rejection of irrationality or unfounded ideology.

    About.com Agnosticism / Atheism

  • "strike terror" into others, to "psychologize" others towards the accomplishment of our personal motives.

    The Doctrine and Practice of Yoga

  • It is only so useful to psychologize why attacking Saddam Hussein so thoroughly captivated this administration before 9/11, immediately after 9/11 and every day since then.

    Balloon Juice » 2007 » February

  • Modern critics tend to “vague-ify” and psychologize—that is, they turn the externals inward.

    Cunningham’s history of criticism

  • You decided it was more important to psychologize me than express your disgust.

    Another Dark Secret from the Past

  • And it is usually the case that those who attack/psychologize me are themselves anonymous!

    Another Review of the Design Matrix

  • Drawing a straight line from the Peasant Wars to Bolshevism, this view of fanaticism is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Or even worse, it might seem to psychologize modality.

    Kant's Theory of Judgment

  • While Mercury in Gemini needs to experience, ponder, categorize and psychologize, when he turns around and journeys backwards as Psychopomp, he opens the paths between the worlds so our egos can open to intuition, feeling and imagination and re-connect with the inner wisdom we need to move forward to new life, for ourselves and for our world.

    Gemini New Moon, June 3, 2008

  • I hate to psychologize everything, because it's usually a recipe for disaster, but I do think there's something ... unhealthy about the trend toward giving the player control over every detail of his character's creation and actions in-game.

    On the Oracular Power of Dice

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