Definition of Freudian in English:



  • 1Relating to or influenced by Sigmund Freud and his methods of psychoanalysis, especially with reference to the importance of sexuality in human behavior.

    • ‘But I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.’
    • ‘Increasingly, however, Freudian psychology was influencing how scholars thought about early childhood and the development of sexuality and masculine and feminine characteristics.’
    • ‘Mack has embraced traditions from Freudian psychoanalysis to the guided meditation of Werner Erhard.’
    • ‘After his chess career ended, Fine became an exponent of Freudian psychoanalysis, authoring important works in the field.’
    • ‘Some Freudian psychologists have suggested that risk-taking is linked to neuroticism, a personality trait.’
    1. 1.1 Susceptible to analysis in terms of unconscious desires.
      ‘he wasn't sure whether his passion for water power had some deep Freudian significance’
      • ‘We find ourselves scribbling in large circles, gradually spiralling inwards into a densely layered doodle of no doubt strong Freudian significance.’
      • ‘When I mentioned the story to Bill, he couldn't remember the incident, but added, ‘I'm sure there was some deep-seated Freudian significance.’’


  • A follower of Freud or his methods.

    • ‘Amateur Freudians postulate that Alou stayed because he was afraid to face the heat of the Los Angeles media.’
    • ‘Even modern Freudians, or psychodynamic theoreticians, seem to be hampered by Freud's outmoded evolutionary speculations, but still the interest for evolutionary explanations exists.’
    • ‘In later years I came to think it was worthless, that it was better to start without Freud and certainly not go through the genuflections that Freudians seem addicted to.’
    • ‘For example, Freudians and behaviourists had different methods, but they also had a different agenda.’
    • ‘Freud is often praised by Freudians for his apparent flexibility; for his willingness to alter his theories as psychoanalysis grew and developed.’