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Definition of the noun psychoanalysis

What does psychoanalysis mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: psychoanalyses

  1. a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
    • example: his physician recommended psychoanalysis
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of psychoanalysis: analysis / depth psychology
    • more generic word: psychotherapy = the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
    • more specific word: hypnoanalysis = the use of hypnosis in conjunction with psychoanalysis

Alternative definition of the noun psychoanalysis


  1. [psychoanalysis] a family of psychological theories and methods within the field of psychotherapy that work to find connections among patients' unconscious mental processes


  1. "Psychoanalysis" is a book by Ian Craib.
    • also known as "Psychoanalysis: A Critical Introduction"
    • genre: Psychology
    • subjects: Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry
  2. "Psychoanalysis" is a book by Daniel Lagache.
  3. "Psychoanalysis" is a book by Andre Tridon.
    • also known as "Psychoanalysis; its history, theory, and practice"
  4. "Psychoanalysis" is a book by Rudolph Loewenstein.
    • also known as "Psychoanalysis; a general psychology"


Psychoanalysis was a short-lived comic book published by EC Comics in 1955, the fifth title in its New Direction line. The bi-monthly comic was published by William Gaines and edited by Al Feldstein. Psychoanalysis was approved by the Comics Code Authority, but newsstands were reluctant to display it. It lasted a total of four issues before being canceled along with EC's other New Direction comics.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Psychoanalysis

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Google previewEmotional Understanding (1995)

Studies in Psychoanalytic Epistemology by Donna M. Orange

Perhaps the most important requirement for emotional development in psychoanalysis is the analyst's emotional availability.

Google previewMedical Record (1920)

by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman

Psychoanalysis is a method of psychotherapy based upon the principle that where there is present marked and persistent...

Google previewMichel De Certeau (2006)

Analysing Culture by Ben Highmore

Psychoanalysis is a continued reference point in ...

Google previewDigest version of the Integration Theory of Psychoanalysis (2013)

Psychoanalysis is a therapeutic work for changing the first mode into the second mode through the fourth mode, and two methods of...

Google previewThe Portable Kristeva (2010)

by Kelly Oliver

Psychoanalysis is a love relationship that builds spoken spaces through transferential love, “that summons the ability to...

Google previewKey Concepts in Body and Society (2012)

by Kate Cregan

Definition Psychoanalysis is a theoretical approach to the workings of the human mind, first formulated by Sigmund Freud, which posits various universalizing propositions around the formation, development and expression of the human ...

Google previewDepth-Psychological Understanding (2013)

The Methodologic Grounding of Clinical Interpretations by Philip F. D. Rubovits-Seitz

A hermeneutic conceptionof psychoanalysis has been used inappropriately bysomewritersas a defense against the demandsof the scientific method, forexample, the claimthatif psychoanalysis is a hermeneuticdiscipline itisexempt fromthe ...

Google previewRe(con)figuring Psychoanalysis (2012)

Critical Juxtapositions of the Philosophical, the Sociohistorical and the Political by Aydan Gülerce

Ian Parker Psychoanalysis is a talking cure that is always located in a particular kind of language, the language of the...

However, one of the lessons of psychoanalysis is that what appears to be most 'intimate' is rooted in our relations with ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

Cognitive behavior psychology is now the dominant force in psychology departments nationwide, although psychoanalysis is the lens of choice in literature departments, anthropology departments, and other social science and humanities ...

Google previewPsychoanalytic Disagreements in Context (2008)

by Dale Boesky

Comparative psychoanalysis is a discipline in its infancy, and it has not achieved a consensually accepted methodology to adjudicate these rival claims of superiority. One prevalent current attitude toward our defective methodology for ...

Google previewPsychology Serving Humanity: Proceedings of the 30th International Congress of Psychology (2014)

Volume 2: Western Psychology by Saths Cooper, Kopano Ratele

Psychoanalysis is the method of psychological therapy originated by Sigmund Freud in which free association, dream interpretation and analysis of resistance and transference are used to explore repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties ...

Google previewWhat Is Psychoanalysis? (2013)

100 Years after Freud's 'Secret Committee' by Barnaby B Barratt

Rather, psychoanalysis is an egalitarian, albeit lopsided, partnership of the patient and the psychoanalyst mutually...

The patient and the ailment The person entering psychoanalysis is a patient, not an “anal sand” and certainly not a client.

Google previewFreud (1950)

Dictionary of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud

Psychoanalysis answers this question by stating that to fly or to be a bird in the dream is nothing but a concealment of another wish to the recognition of which we are led by more than one linguistic or real bridge. When the inquisitive child is ...

Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge by Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender

Psychoanalysis, which was developed by Sigmund Freud (1859-1939), is both a theory of human psychology and a form of psychotherapy. Theoretically, psychoanalysis is based on Freudian concepts such as the unconscious; the id, ego, ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2003)

Performance and production. Volume II

Lacanian psychoanalysis has influenced film theory and cultural studies. Metz ( 1982) and the contributors to the French journal Cahiers du cinéma pioneered this approach, which was in turn developed by the Englishlanguage journal Screen.

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1922)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church

PSYCHOANALYSIS the action is held together are due to the absence of reason in our dream life. The unconscious is devoid of logic. It is blind and impulsive. Dr. Ernest Jones writes: "Dream making proceeds by methods ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Novel (2014)

They inspired new readings grounded in African PHILOSOPHICAL and spiritual traditions, as well as readings grounded in European paradigms of psychoanalysis, MEMORY, and trauma theory (see PSYCHOANALYTIC theory).

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Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother. (Germaine Greer)
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Scrabble value of P3S1Y4C3H4O1A1N1A1L1Y4S1I1S1

The value of this 14-letter word is 27 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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