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psycho- +‎ topology


psychotopology (countable and uncountable, plural psychotopologies)

  1. The psychological dimension of place; the impact of the physical environment on one's emotional and mental state; psychogeography.
    • 1983, Hunter B. Shirley, Mapping the Mind, page 112:
      As Kurt Lewin's efforts to develop a psychotopology of personality clearly revealed, the environmental vectors which impinge upon personality must interact with psychovectors before behavioral direction is modified.
    • 2001, Annals of the Architectural Association School of Architecture:
      But, in its particular mixture, perhaps this anthology makes a contribution towards the 'psychotopology' suggested by Bey: a way of finding sweet-spots, 'hidden enfolded immensities that escape the measuring rod', in the maps of networked reality being drawn up at the moment.
    • 2018, Hunter Hawkins Fine, Surfing, Street Skateboarding, Performance, and Space: On Board Motility, →ISBN:
      Anarchist author Hakim Bey's notion of psychotopology does not attempt to fully incorporate or understand a territory as an ideology of presence, but is instead used to suggest a movement toward certain gestures that respond to the features of Augé's placelessness.
  2. The pattern or structure of mental processes.
    • 1981, The Tibet Journal - Volume 6, page 36:
      Tangential but very important to this paper is Maruyama's persuasive argument that there are prevailing structures of reasoning or "psychotopologies" that interpretively create both the objectivity and the relevance of all matter of inquiry.
    • 1998, Katarzyna Kaniowska, Danuta Markowska, Ethnology and Anthropology at the Time of Transformation, →ISBN:
      These differences, and difficulties in communication they cause, inspired M. Maruyama to elaborate his psychotopology.
    • 2011, Regina E. Holloman, Serghei A. Arutiunov, Perspectives on Ethnicity, →ISBN, page 25:
      Three types of works led to the present development of psychotopology: (1) those which show that there are different types of logics and that the choice between them depends on extralogical factors (factors independent of and beyond any logic); (2) those that deal with the problem of communication between different types of logics; (3) those that discuss individual capacity to transcend their present logic and invent new types.