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Pronunciation: sim'bol-izm


  1. In psychoanalysis, the process involved in the disguised representation in consciousness of unconscious or repressed contents or events.
  2. A mental state in which a person regards everything that happens as symbolic of that person's own thoughts.
  3. The description of the emotional life and experiences in abstract terms.
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