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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.


(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal of or relating to relationships that are characterized by the strong dependence of one person on others or another
[C20: from Greek anaklitos for leaning upon; see ana-, -cline]
anaclisis n
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Adj.1.anaclitic - of or related to relationships that are characterized by the strong dependence of one person on anotheranaclitic - of or related to relationships that are characterized by the strong dependence of one person on another
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Levels of object representation in anaclitic and introjective depression.
Jiro's mother is never mentioned, he does not identify himself with his father either, therefore there is no "prototype of an object-choice on the anaclitic model" (Freud, 1998, p.
At the outset of his essay he establishes that, except in pathological cases, men transfer their infantile narcissism onto a sexually overvalued love-object, experiencing love primarily as the "impoverishment of the ego as regards libido in favor of the love object" (88); this is the condition of anaclitic desire, a term meaning "leaning-on," to indicate that the mature male libido will choose a love-object patterned on the person who originally met his most primal needs (i.
Emotional rejection, permanent breaking or limitation of bonds between a child and their parent cause the appearance of features typical of deprivation syndrome, mental atrophy, family lessness, anaclitic depression, separation anxiety, self-alienation, or orphanhood.
That fantasy might lurk in the "the cool element of scholarly prose"; that the interpreter might have literary personae; that literary criticisms anaclitic "leaning" might be a source of security; that criticism might free the text from its "context" and make it available for other times and places--all this and much more lurks in pages that read now like notations from lively conversations with the self-analyst within, and with others then practicing literary criticism; the others inside and the others alongside, or over against (Bloom, Derrida, Lacan .
A third kind of love, neither narcissistic nor anaclitic (Freud, "On Narcissism" 90), is born in the archaic transconnectedness with the m/Other.
Proximal predictors of depressive symptomatotogy: perceived losses in self-worth and interpersonal domains and introjective and anaclitic mood states.
Considering the traumatised mother's emotional withdrawal from her child and her unpredictable outpourings of strangulated rage (Lyons-Ruth and Block, 1996), I emphasise Pines' (1989) description of the painful interpersonal consequences for the child, including a sense of abandonment, annihilation of attachment, extreme anxiety and aloneness, and anaclitic grief.
Morrison seems to suggest that Junior is moving from the security of merely Imaginary (here truly imagined) identifications with an anaclitic father-figure in the portrait to a somewhat more ambiguous register of Symbolic values.
In the phrase "gobble-gobble love" (240) that her act generates, it is Consolata (despite her protest that she "didn't want to eat him" [240]) who for Deek now effectively names not the anaclitic mother, not the Mother who would console, but the traumatic maternal object-the primal female Thing that engulfs and destroys.
The differential effect of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis on anaclitic and introjective patients: the Menninger Psychotherapy Research Project revisited.