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 (ăn′ə-klī′sĭs, ə-năk′lĭ-)
Psychological dependence on others.

[Greek anaklisis, a leaning back, from anaklīnein, to lean on : ana-, on; see ana- + klīnein, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·clit′ic (-klĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(ˌæn əˈklaɪ sɪs)

libidinal attachment or emotional dependency, esp. on the basis of the love object's resemblance to early childhood parental or protective figures.
[1920–25; < Greek anáklisis a reclining anakli-, variant s. of anaklinein to lean upon]
an`a•clit′ic (-ˈklɪt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.anaclisis - (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on othersanaclisis - (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - 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"
relationship - a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection); "he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship"
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He continues, "The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches." That sensual "separation between" suggests an important foundation for Emerson's sense of what analogy can induce for a social theory of the infrastructural common: a new experience of the ontological proximity of things to each other not by way of metaphor's conceptual figuration; nor by anaclisis, the propping of x onto y that reveals the chain links of investment in a psychic economy; nor by parataxis, a catalog; nor by what the flesh feels immediately as touch and impact.
(18) The infant, for Anzieu, is bombarded with affection across the whole sensorium, but the skin, due to its special reflexive status, is the biological substrate, which a notion of individuality first "leans on" (anaclisis, in Strachey's Latin).
Further privileging the mother's ambivalence about the child's faith, the poem blurs both their distinct gender positions and the conventional distinction between narcissism and anaclisis. The mother condemns her son's religious credulity in terms that strongly recall the sexist moralizing appropriations of Ovid to characterize a feminine narcissist type.