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psychoanalysis

noun psy·cho·anal·y·sis \ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈna-lə-səs\

: a method of explaining and treating mental and emotional problems by having the patient talk about dreams, feelings, memories, etc.

Full Definition of PSYCHOANALYSIS

:  a method of analyzing psychic phenomena and treating emotional disorders that involves treatment sessions during which the patient is encouraged to talk freely about personal experiences and especially about early childhood and dreams
psy·cho·an·a·lyst \-ˈa-nə-list\ noun

Origin of PSYCHOANALYSIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1906
Medical Dictionary

psychoanalysis

noun psy·cho·anal·y·sis \ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs\
plural psy·cho·anal·y·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PSYCHOANALYSIS

1
:  a method of analyzing psychic phenomena and treating mental and emotional disorders that is based on the concepts and theories of Sigmund Freud, that emphasizes the importance of free association and dream analysis, and that involves treatment sessions during which the patient is encouraged to talk freely about personal experiences and especially about early childhood and dreams
2
:  a body of empirical findings and a set of theories on human motivation, behavior, and personality development that developed especially with the aid of psychoanalysis
3
:  a school of psychology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy founded by Sigmund Freud and rooted in and applying psychoanalysis

Variants of PSYCHOANALYSIS

psy·cho·anal·y·sis also psych·anal·y·sis \ˌsī-kə-\

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