Automatism meaning

ô-tŏmə-tĭzəm
(philosophy) The theory that the body is a machine whose functions are accompanied but not controlled by consciousness.
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(psychology) Mechanical, seemingly aimless behavior characteristic of various mental disorders.
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The quality or condition of being automatic.
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Automatic action.
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(philos.) The theory that the human or animal body is a machine governed by physical laws and that consciousness does not control but only accompanies its actions.
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(psychol.) An automatic or unconscious action, as a tic.
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Free expression of the unconscious mind by releasing it from the control of the conscious.
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(psychology) Mechanical, seemingly aimless behavior characteristic of various mental disorders.
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Acting automatically or involuntarily.
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(psychology) An action performed subconsciously, without any apparent direction from the mind; a thought which appears spontaneously in one's consciousness.
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A surrealist painting technique whereby one attempts to move the brush, pen etc. without conscious control over it.
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Origin of automatism

  • From Latin automaton automaton automaton

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From automat(on) + -ism.

    From Wiktionary