“… hypothesis which invite empirical test …” 

“Of those who opt for what underlies the phenomena, some prefer that the word [dissociation] apply to {putative} actions of the subject (ability, {propensity}, motive, defense, flight, etc.), others to what the subject passively suffers (division, fragmentation, disintegration, etc.). These choices are not merely semantic, as they reflect competitors’ {hypotheses} about the genesis of dissociation – hypothesis which invite {empirical} test, and which have indeed been tested empirically” (Dell & O’Neil, 2009)  [Definitions]


{putative} commonly accepted or supposed :reputed (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).

{propensity} a natural inclination :  innate or inherent tendency (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).

{semantic} of or relating to differing connotations of words of similar denotative meaning (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).

{hypotheses} a proposition tentatively assumed in order to draw out its logical or empirical consequences and so test its accord with facts that are known or may be determined (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).

{empirical} originating in or relying or based on factual information, observation, or direct sense experience usually as opposed to theoretical knowledge (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).



Dell, P. F. & O’Neil, J. A. (2009).  Preface.  In P. F. Editor & J. A. Editor (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders:  DSM-V and beyond.  New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged. 11 July 2017. Retrieved from unabridged.merriam-webster.com


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