psy·​cho·​an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌsī-kō-ˌa-nə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly psychoanalytical \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \

Definition of psychoanalytic

: of, relating to, or employing psychoanalysis or its principles and techniques

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psychoanalytically \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The term stems from psychoanalytic theories of mourning and melancholia first introduced by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, "Screw the ‘Model Minority’ Myth: Why It’s Time for Asians to Fight Back," 23 Apr. 2021 The experience is like a psychoanalytic unpacking, at warp speed, of a national unconscious regarding race. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Sorrows of Black America," 22 Feb. 2021 According to a psychoanalytic framework, trauma is a shock so overwhelming that it cannot be mentally processed. James Robins, The New Republic, "Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?," 16 Feb. 2021 Sadly, this does not add up to a relationship from which searing psychoanalytic insight is gained. Jd Heyman,, "The price of nice: What the Ellen DeGeneres controversy means for the future of her show — and for us," 21 Sep. 2020 Ball offers a particularly piercing psychoanalytic reading of the present, even though his subject is the past. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Cyclical Psychology of White Supremacy," 3 Aug. 2020 The psychoanalytic focus on drives tends to empty the content from political commitment. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "How Vivian Gornick Reinvigorated Political Writing," 1 May 2020 In his book States of Denial, the late psychoanalytic sociologist Stanley Cohen described three forms of denial. Zoe Leviston, Quartz, "There are three types of climate change denier—and most of us are at least one," 15 Oct. 2019 As such a pronouncement indicates, Mr. Tóibín is writing here as a psychoanalytic literary biographer, somewhat in the Janet Malcolm mode. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of psychoanalytic

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychoanalytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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psy·​cho·​an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ -ˌan-ᵊl-ˈit-ik How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \
variants: also psychoanalytical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychoanalytic

: of, relating to, or employing psychoanalysis or its principles and techniques

Other Words from psychoanalytic

psychoanalytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \ adverb

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