mental state


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Noun1.mental state - (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic; "a manic state"
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
frame of mind, state of mind - a temporary psychological state
aboulia, abulia - a loss of will power
anhedonia - an inability to experience pleasure
depersonalisation, depersonalization - (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
hypnosis - a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion
fugue - a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
psychic trauma, trauma - an emotional wound or shock often having long-lasting effects
morale - a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
anxiety, anxiousness - (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
hallucinosis - a mental state in which the person has continual hallucinations
identity crisis - distress and disorientation (especially in adolescence) resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and one's role in society
nerves, nervousness - an uneasy psychological state; "he suffered an attack of nerves"
delusion, psychotic belief - (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary
mental health - the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
mental disease, mental illness, psychopathy - any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention
agitation - a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
depression - a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
elation - an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
annoyance, botheration, irritation, vexation - the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
spell, trance, enchantment - a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
disassociation, dissociation - a state in which some integrated part of a person's life becomes separated from the rest of the personality and functions independently
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The wild effects of the light enchained me to an examination of individual faces; and although the rapidity with which the world of light flitted before the window, prevented me from casting more than a glance upon each visage, still it seemed that, in my then peculiar mental state, I could frequently read, even in that brief interval of a glance, the history of long years.
But Meg was quite as well acquainted with her master's mental state as many others of her sex with the mental condition of the nice young gentlemen towards whom their hearts are in a state of fluttering expectation.
In such a case, it could only be the symptom of a highly disordered mental state, when a man, rendered morbidly self-contemplative by long, intense, and secret pain, had extended his egotism over the whole expanse of nature, until the firmament itself should appear no more than a fitting page for his soul's history and fate.
Then, the paleness of her face - its haggard aspect having vanished as she recovered flesh - and the peculiar expression arising from her mental state, though painfully suggestive of their causes, added to the touching interest which she awakened; and - invariably to me, I know, and to any person who saw her, I should think - refuted more tangible proofs of convalescence, and stamped her as one doomed to decay.
After a considerable argument it was decided that they should first hunt toward the east for a few days and then return and search for the Arabs, and as time is of little moment to the ape folk, Tarzan acceded to their demands, he, himself, having reverted to a mental state but little superior to their own.
All else being equal in war between the troops of a republic and an empire, could not this exhilarated mental state, amounting almost to hysteria on the part of the imperial troops, weigh heavily against the soldiers of a president?
It was in this mental state that Toog came unexpectedly upon a young she feeding alone in the jungle--a stranger she, lithe and strong and beautiful beyond compare.
But I fear it was my mental state he took seriously; and not my story.
He paused a little to consider how he should pray about Euclid--whether he should ask to see what it meant, or whether there was any other mental state which would be more applicable to the case.
Every mental state, even madness, has its equi- librium based upon self-esteem.
But at college I discovered evolution and psychology, and learned the explanation of various strange mental states and experiences.
Perhaps he could not have told, for his mental states became obscure as soon as he had passed through them.