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psychoanalysis Line breaks: psy¦cho|analy¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊəˈnalɪsɪs/

Definition of psychoanalysis in English:


[mass noun]
A system of psychological theory and therapy which aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind and bringing repressed fears and conflicts into the conscious mind by techniques such as dream interpretation and free association.
Example sentences
  • Thus, psychoanalysis became a technique of helping the patient to help him or herself.
  • We learn from psychoanalysis that some part of our mind always knows or is perpetually in danger of knowing.
  • Habermas follows Alfred Lorenzer, who treats psychoanalysis as a form of linguistic analysis.



Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊˈanəlʌɪz/
(US psychoanalyze) verb
Example sentences
  • And the only treatment they had was to attempt to psychoanalyse people, or psychotherapy, and it didn't work work of course, because it can't overcome that sort of brain dysfunction.
  • ‘For the general public, psychologists are still seen as clinicians who psychoanalyze you to understand why you behave the way you do,’ says Pick.
  • Most of us, when we hear the words ‘analytical psychology’, probably tend to think of Freud and Jung, and people lying on couches being psychoanalysed.


Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊanəˈlɪtɪk/
Example sentences
  • It is noted that a sense of crisis is currently being experienced by a number of psychoanalytic societies and psychoanalysts.
  • Ultimately what is psychotherapeutic is the presence of psychoanalytic work between the patient and physician.
  • A letter exists which Freud wrote to Jung's first psychoanalytic patient, a Russian Jewess called Sabina Spielrein.


Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊanəˈlɪtɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In Germany, for example, psychoanalytical services provided by either psychologists or psychiatrists are covered in the public system.
  • Combining psychoanalytical insight with the basic how-tos of loving, nurturing, and mentoring, Bassoff shows how to become better parents to our daughters and help them gain the skills to live happily and effectively.
  • We're trying to integrate cognitive, psychodynamic and psychoanalytical practices with a Christian perspective.


Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊanəˈlɪtɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • So from the 1940s onwards, Rosenfeld and others, fortified with Klein's findings, began treating psychoanalytically psychotic patients, and those with severe personality disorders of the borderline and narcissistic kind.
  • Forty-four patients were randomized either to a psychoanalytically informed partial-hospitalization program or routine general psychiatric care.
  • The experience of time has been studied psychoanalytically largely through the conceptual frameworks of ego psychology and classical analysis.

Words that rhyme with psychoanalysis

analysis, catalysis, dialysis, paralysis

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