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psy·cho·a·nal·y·sis

 (sī′kō-ə-năl′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. psy·cho·a·nal·y·ses (-sēz′)
1.
a. The method of psychological therapy originated by Sigmund Freud in which free association, dream interpretation, and analysis of resistance and transference are used to explore repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts, in order to free psychic energy for mature love and work.
b. The theory of personality developed by Freud that focuses on repression and unconscious forces and includes the concepts of infantile sexuality, resistance, transference, and division of the psyche into the id, ego, and superego.
2. Psychotherapy incorporating this method and theory.

psy′cho·an′a·lyst (-ăn′ə-lĭst) n.
psy′cho·an′a·lyt′ic (-ăn′ə-lĭt′ĭk), psy′cho·an′a·lyt′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
psy′cho·an′a·lyt′i·cal·ly adv.

psychoanalysis

(ˌsaɪkəʊəˈnælɪsɪs)
n
(Psychoanalysis) a method of studying the mind and treating mental and emotional disorders based on revealing and investigating the role of the unconscious mind
psychoanalyst n
psychoanalytic, ˌpsychoˌanaˈlytical adj
ˌpsychoˌanaˈlytically adv

psy•cho•a•nal•y•sis

(ˌsaɪ koʊ əˈnæl ə sɪs)

n.
1. a systematic structure of theories concerning the relation of conscious and unconscious psychological processes.
2. a technical procedure for investigating unconscious mental processes and for treating mental illness.
[1905–10; < German Psychoanalyse. See psycho-, analysis]
psy`cho•an′a•lyst (-ˈæn l ɪst) n.
psy`cho•an`a•lyt′ic, psy`cho•an`a•lyt′i•cal, adj.
psy`cho•an`a•lyt′i•cal•ly, adv.

psychoanalysis

the method developed by Freud and others for treating neuroses and some other disorders of the mind. — psychoanalyst, n.psychoanalytic, psychoanalytical, adj.
See also: Psychology

psychoanalysis

1. A system of psychology aiming to discover and address the unconscious motivation for certain types of behavior.
2. A form of psychiatric therapy in which the therapist attempts to explore the unconscious mind of the subject, and uses the findings to help resolve mental or emotional problems.
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Noun1.psychoanalysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorderspsychoanalysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
abreaction, catharsis, katharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
psychotherapy - the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
hypnoanalysis - the use of hypnosis in conjunction with psychoanalysis
anal personality, anal retentive personality - (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
genital personality - (psychoanalysis) the mature personality which is not dominated by infantile pleasure drives
oral personality - (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development
ego - (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
superego - (psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience
id - (psychoanalysis) primitive instincts and energies underlying all psychic activity
introjection - (psychoanalysis) the internalization of the parent figures and their values; leads to the formation of the superego
pleasure principle, pleasure-pain principle, pleasure-unpleasure principle - (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the id; the principle that an infant seeks gratification and fails to distinguish fantasy from reality
reality principle - (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it
introject - (psychoanalysis) parental figures (and their values) that you introjected as a child; the voice of conscience is usually a parent's voice internalized
ego ideal - (psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives
imago - (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood
condensation - (psychoanalysis) an unconscious process whereby two ideas or images combine into a single symbol; especially in dreams
transference - (psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst
latent content - (psychoanalysis) hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream
complex - (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
libido - (psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire
penis envy - (psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity
death instinct, death wish, Thanatos - (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
libidinal energy - (psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
cathexis, charge - (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
acathexis - (psychoanalysis) a lack of cathexis; a condition in which significant objects or memories arouse no emotion in an individual
psychosexual development - (psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage
anaclisis - (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
castration anxiety - (psychoanalysis) anxiety resulting from real or imagined threats to your sexual functions; originally applied only to men but can in principle apply to women
anal phase, anal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
genital phase, genital stage - (psychoanalysis) the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence; interest focuses on sexual activity
latency period, latency phase, latency stage - (psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities
oral phase, oral stage - (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting
phallic phase, phallic stage - (psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure
abreact - discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
anal retentive, anal - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
oral - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression
Translations
تَحْليل نَفْسي
psychoanalýza
psykoanalyse
lélekelemzéspszichoanalízis
sálgreining
ruhsal çözümleme

psychoanalysis

[ˌsaɪkəʊəˈnælɪsɪs] Npsicoanálisis m

psychoanalysis

[ˌsaɪkəʊəˈnælɪsɪs] [psychoanalyses] [ˌsaɪkəʊəˈnælɪsiːz] (pl) npsychanalyse f

psychoanalysis

psychoanalysis

[ˌsaɪkəʊəˈnælɪsɪs] npsicanalisi f inv

psychoanalyse

(American) psychoanalyze (saikəuˈӕnəlaiz) verb
to treat (a person suffering from mental illness) by discussing events in his/her past life which may have caused it.
ˌpsychoaˈnalysis (-ˈnӕləsis) noun
ˌpsychoˈanalyst (-list) noun
a person who gives this treatment.

psy·cho·a·nal·y·sis

n. psicoanálisis, método de análisis psicológico creado por Sigmund Freud que se vale de la interpretación de los sueños y de la libre asociación de ideas para hacer al paciente consciente de conflictos reprimidos y tratar de ajustar su conducta emocional.

psychoanalysis

n psicoanálisis m, análisis m (fam)
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