Definition of psychoanalysis in English:

psychoanalysis

noun

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.

    • ‘His parents tried all avenues of speech therapy, hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis to no avail.’
    • ‘In Australia Freudian psychoanalysis has remained on the edge of medical power.’
    • ‘We learn from psychoanalysis that some part of our mind always knows or is perpetually in danger of knowing.’
    • ‘In formal psychoanalysis, you lie on a couch and the therapist sits unseen behind you.’
    • ‘The advantages of psychoanalysis are primarily that it hasn't shied away from studying the mind as it is, as we live it.’
    • ‘Evil cannot always be repelled by incantations, by demonstrations, by social analysis or by psychoanalysis.’
    • ‘The concept most fundamental to psychoanalysis is that of the unconscious mind.’
    • ‘First, psychoanalysis provides insight into the meaning of the reversal of the gender roles in the plays.’
    • ‘Over recent decades psychoanalysis has moved from a focus on the object to a search for the subject.’
    • ‘However, not all of the surrealists saw psychoanalysis and the liberation of the human mind as an end in itself.’
    • ‘To discover what psychoanalysis is, the patient needs to experience it for himself from within.’
    • ‘Habermas follows Alfred Lorenzer, who treats psychoanalysis as a form of linguistic analysis.’
    • ‘Freud invented a therapeutic setting, called psychoanalysis, in which this self could be overheard.’
    • ‘The rise of psychoanalysis did much to validate the contents of mental symptoms, including delusions.’
    • ‘Thus, psychoanalysis became a technique of helping the patient to help him or herself.’
    • ‘If psychoanalysis is right about the unconscious, we none of us know quite what we mean when we say I.’
    • ‘Freud once argued that the aim of psychoanalysis was to reduce extreme hysteria to everyday common misery.’
    • ‘Freud thought psychoanalysis was all you needed for the healthy soul.’
    • ‘Elektra does, however, anticipate not only psychoanalysis, but other developments in psychiatry.’
    • ‘As well as being the father of psychoanalysis, Freud might also be considered one of the founders of neuropsychology.’
    psychotherapy, analysis
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Pronunciation

psychoanalysis

/ˌsʌɪkəʊəˈnalɪsɪs/