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psychoanalysis

psy·cho·a·nal·y·sis

psychoanalysis

 
 
pronunciation:
saI ko nae l sihs
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part of speech: noun
definition: a method of studying and treating mental disorders and illnesses by analyzing dreams, early childhood memories, and other experiences as keys to the subconscious mind.
She underwent psychoanalysis in an attempt to understand her motivations.
derivations: psychoanalytic (adj.), psychoanalytical (adj.), psychoanalytically (adv.)