psychic determinism


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psychic determinism

n
(Psychology) psychol the assumption, made esp by Freud, that mental processes do not occur by chance but that a cause can always be found for them
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In order to resolve this very real tension in Nietzsche's texts between freedom and fate, autonomy and physiological and psychic determinism, sovereignty and subjection to numerous factors over which we have no control (the conditioning necessities of finite existence), White invents Nietzsche's supposed tactic of demonstrative performance of proposed values, which is designed to lead us to "experience" the strategy offered for becoming ourselves.
I have argued elsewhere ("The psychoanalytic understanding of human freedom," Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 26 [1978]: 87-107) against the idea that selfhood or mind are beyond psychic determinism.