psychoanalysis

noun

psy·​cho·​anal·​y·​sis ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈna-lə-səs How to pronounce psychoanalysis (audio)
: 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
psychoanalyst noun

Examples of psychoanalysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the 1970s when criminal profiling and psychoanalysis were considered fringe science, even woo-woo, Dr. Ann Burgess was leading the charge to legitimize this field of study. Sophie Hanson, StyleCaster, 11 July 2024 Auden started psychoanalysis during a furlough in Paris and used his journal writing as a kind of therapy. Maya Jasanoff, Foreign Affairs, 11 Dec. 2018 The critic helps us arts folks cope with the chaos by calling on Homer and psychoanalysis to survive till November and beyond. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 But, more than the actual fear of legal trouble, what the book represents for me is an encapsulation of Malcolm’s great themes: the inevitable perils of trying to understand and represent other people, and the power struggles intrinsic to such fields as psychoanalysis or journalism. The New Yorker, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for psychoanalysis 

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychoanalysis was in 1906

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“Psychoanalysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychoanalysis. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

psychoanalysis

noun
psy·​cho·​anal·​y·​sis ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs How to pronounce psychoanalysis (audio)
plural psychoanalyses
-ˌsēz
: a method of explaining and treating mental and emotional disorders by having the patient talk freely about himself or herself and especially about dreams, problems, and early childhood memories and experiences

Medical Definition

psychoanalysis

noun
psy·​cho·​anal·​y·​sis ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs How to pronounce psychoanalysis (audio)
variants also psychanalysis
plural psychoanalyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce psychoanalysis (audio)
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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