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

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

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psychoanalyst \ˌsī-​kō-​ˈa-​nə-​list \ noun

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Recently, after taking a few years out to combat depression and undergo psychoanalysis, the singer triumphantly returned with a new single, and album, Honey. Vogue, "Robyn on RBN, Her New Collaboration With Björn Borg; Being a Tomboy; and Starting Again From Zero," 30 Nov. 2018 Freud is still dead, but psychoanalysis may be experiencing a rebirth. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Still Talking After All These Years," 17 Feb. 2018 The crime drama imagines the founder of psychoanalysis teaming up with a medium and a local cop to track a serial killer terrorizing Vienna. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Books Session With Austrian Period Crime Thriller 'Freud'," 5 July 2018 Coaching is focused on outcome and result, not psychoanalysis. Vogue, "How Anna K. Made the Transition from ’90s Catwalker to Life Coach for Models (and Acquired a Title Along the Way)," 8 June 2018 Her breakthrough was an album about psychoanalysis, Songs of Couch and Consultation. Brett Martin, Outside Online, "Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon," 24 May 2018 Ten years of psychoanalysis might give you the same ability. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode," 22 May 2018 That process was impacted greatly by her experience with psychoanalysis, as well as the loss of collaborator and friend Christian Falk, who died in 2014, prior to the release of their La Bagatelle Magique EP in 2015. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Robyn Shares Details on Long-Awaited New Album at Red Bull Music Festival," 21 May 2018 Many publish books that have a significant impact on political philosophy (Arendt), film (Pauline Kael), cultural criticism (Sontag), psychoanalysis (Janet Malcolm), journalism (Didion, Malcolm), feminism (Ephron), and more. Rebecca Steinitz,, "Women whose pens proved mightier," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of psychoanalysis

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psychoanalysis

New Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of psychoanalysis

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


psy·​cho·​anal·​y·​sis | \ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs \
variants: also psychanalysis \ˌsī-​kə-​ \
plural psychoanalyses\-​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

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