In interpersonal psychiatry, a term referring to the earliest form of experience characteristic of the infant that is undifferentiated, global, and unorganized. [proto- + G. taxis, order, arrangement]

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pro·to·tax·ic -'tak-sik adj relating to or being thinking that is lacking in self-awareness and in perception of temporal sequence compare PARATAXIC

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • prototaxic — “+ adjective Etymology: prot + taxic (as in parataxic) : lacking in self awareness and in perception of temporal sequence : cognitively inchoate : preconceptual prototaxic symbols in the first year of life the prototaxic mode is operating… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prototaxic — pro·to·taxic …   English syllables

  • parataxic — Pertaining to parataxis. * * * para·tax·ic .par ə tak sik adj relating to or being thinking in which a cause and effect relationship is attributed to events occurring at about the same time but having no logical relationship compare PROTOTAXIC …   Medical dictionary

  • parataxic — |parə|taksik adjective Etymology: New Latin parataxis + English ic : characterized by or relating to a mode of individual experience in which persons, events, and relationships are perceived as discrete phenomena, in which occurrences in the real …   Useful english dictionary

  • syntaxic — sə̇n.ˈtaksik adjective Etymology: syn + taxic (as in parataxic) : characterized by or relating to a mode of experience or symbolic behavior that relates symbols and referents, speech and action, subject and object in a sequentially logical and… …   Useful english dictionary

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