Definition of headshrinking in English:

headshrinking

noun

  • 1In certain tribal societies: the practice of preserving and shrinking the severed heads of enemies as a trophy. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2Informal (originally and chiefly US). Treatment or analysis of a person's mental health; psychotherapy, psychiatry, or psychoanalysis.

Origin

1920s. From head + shrinking. Compare slightly earlier headshrinker.

Pronunciation

headshrinking

/ˈhɛdˌʃrɪŋkɪŋ/