Psy`cha*nal"y*sis (?), n. [Psycho-
A method or process of psychotherapeutic
analysis based on the work of Dr. Sigmund Freud (1856- --) of Vienna.
The method rests upon the theory that hysteria is characteristically
due to repression of desires consciously rejected but subconsciously
persistent; it consists in a close analysis of the patient's mental
history, stress being laid upon the dream life, and of treatment by
means of suggestion. -- Psy*chan`a*lyt"ic (#),
a. -- Psy`cha*nal"y*sist (#),
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