mental state

mental states

Definitions of mental state
  1. noun
    (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic
    synonyms: mental condition, psychological condition, psychological state
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    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
    frame of mind, state of mind
    a temporary psychological state
    aboulia, abulia
    a loss of will power
    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
    a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion
    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
    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
    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
    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
    a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
    a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
    an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
    annoyance, botheration, irritation, vexation
    the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
    enchantment, spell, trance
    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
    the state of being interested
    amnesia, blackout, memory loss
    partial or total loss of memory
    (psychiatry) a disorder of memory in which dreams or fantasies are confused with reality
    readiness, set
    (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
    ivory tower
    a state of mind that is discussed as if it were a place
    an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation
    a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
    a state of mind not immediately available to consciousness
    curiosity, wonder
    a state in which you want to learn more about something
    confusedness, confusion, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness
    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
    the state of being certain
    doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
    the state of being unsure of something
    morbidity, morbidness
    an abnormally gloomy or unhealthy state of mind
    absorption, engrossment, preoccupancy, preoccupation
    the mental state of being preoccupied by something
    interiority, inwardness
    preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values
    concern with outward things or material objects as opposed to the mind and spirit
    bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air
    a state of extreme happiness
    a specific state of mind that is temporary
    thinking cap
    a state in which one thinks
    hypnosis induced by yourself
    birth trauma
    emotional injury inflicted on an infant by events incident to birth that is alleged to appear in symbolic form in patients with mental illness
    castration anxiety
    (psychoanalysis) anxiety resulting from real or imagined threats to your sexual functions; originally applied only to men but can in principle apply to women
    hypochondria, hypochondriasis
    chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
    excessive anxiety
    heebie-jeebies, jitters, screaming meemies
    extreme nervousness
    mental strain, nervous strain, strain
    (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    delusions of grandeur
    a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are
    delusions of persecution
    a delusion (common in paranoia) that others are out to get you and frustrate and embarrass you or inflict suffering on you; a complicated conspiracy is frequently imagined
    illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder
    nihilism, nihilistic delusion
    the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal
    somatic delusion
    a delusion concerning the body image or parts of the body
    the delusion that you have assumed the form of an animal
    mental balance, mental soundness
    the healthy psychological state of someone with good judgment
    saneness, sanity
    normal or sound powers of mind
    a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
    extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
    relatively permanent disorder of the mind
    any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted
    disturbance, perturbation, upset
    an unhappy and worried mental state
    fret, lather, stew, sweat, swither
    agitation resulting from active worry
    dither, flap, fuss, pother, tizzy
    an excited state of agitation
    loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse
    blue devils, blues, megrims, vapors, vapours
    a state of depression
    blue funk, funk
    a state of nervous depression
    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
    slough of despond
    (formal) extreme depression
    low spirits
    a state of mild depression
    a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics
    a state of sustained elation
    panic, scare
    sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
    an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing
    huff, miff, seeing red
    a state of irritation or annoyance
    a minor annoyance
    impatience, restlessness
    a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
    a state of agitated irritation or annoyance
    being controlled by passion or the supernatural
    captivation, fascination
    the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)
    compartmentalisation, compartmentalization
    a mild state of dissociation
    dissociative disorder
    dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
    a state of melancholy depression
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
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