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Pronunciation: si'ko-a-nal'i-sis


  1. A method of psychotherapy, originated by Freud, designed to bring preconscious and unconscious material to consciousness primarily through the analysis of transference and resistance.
  2. A method of investigating the human mind and psychological functioning, interpretations of resistances, and the patient's emotional reactions to the analyst plus use of free association and dream analysis in the psychoanalytic situation.
  3. An integrated body of observations and theories on personality development, motivation, and behavior.
  4. An institutionalized school of psychotherapy, as in jungian or freudian psychoanalysis.

Synonym(s): psychoanalytic therapy

[psycho- + analysis]

See Also: freudian psychoanalysis

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