psychoanalysis

noun psy·cho·anal·y·sis \ ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈna-lə-səs \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

psychoanalyst

play \ˌsī-kō-ˈa-nə-list\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of psychoanalysis

New Latin


PSYCHOANALYSIS Defined for English Language Learners

psychoanalysis

noun

Definition of psychoanalysis for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

psychoanalysis

noun psy·cho·anal·y·sis \ ˌsī-kō-ə-ˈnal-ə-səs \
variants: also psychanalysis play \ˌsī-kə-\

medical Definition of psychoanalysis

plural psychoanalyses play \-ˌsēz\
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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