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 for psychoanalysis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Psychoanalysis \Psy`cho*a*nal"y*sis\, n.
     1. A method or process of psychotherapeutic analysis and
        treatment pf psychoneuroses, based on the work of Dr.
        Sigmund Freud (1856- 1939) of Vienna. The method rests
        upon the theory that neurosis is characteristically due to
        repression of desires consciously rejected but
        subconsciously persistent; it consists in a close analysis
        of the patient's mental history, effort being made to
        bring unconsciuos and preconscious material to
        consciousness; the methods include analysis of
        transferance and resistance. In some variants, stress is
        laid upon the dream life, and of treatment by means of
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
     2. The theory of human psychology which is the foundation for
        the psychoanalytic therapy, which explores the relation
        between conscious and unconscious mental processes in
        motivating human behavior and causing neuroses.
     3. An integrated set of theories of human personality
        development, motivation, and behavior based on a body of
        observations. --[Stedman]
     4. One of several schools of psychotherapy, such as jungian
        psychoanalysis or freudian psychoanalysis. --[Stedman]
        [PJC] -- Psy`cho*an`a*lyt"ic, a.; Psych`o*an"al*ist,
        n., etc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a
           method of treating various mental disorders; based on the
           theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended
           psychoanalysis" [syn: psychoanalysis, analysis, depth

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "psychoanalysis":
     Adlerian psychology, Freudian psychology, Freudianism,
     Gestalt psychology, Horneyan psychology, Jungian psychology,
     Pavlovian psychology, Reichian psychology, Skinnerian psychology,
     Watsonian psychology, analysis, analytical psychology,
     apperceptionism, association psychology, associationism,
     behaviorism, behavioristic psychology, configurationism,
     depth interview, depth psychology, dianetics, dream analysis,
     dream symbolism, group analysis, interpretation of dreams,
     mental chemistry, metapsychology, orgone theory, psychanalysis,
     psychoanalytic method, psychoanalytic theory,
     psychoanalytic therapy, psychognosis, psychognosy,
     psychology of depths, stimulus-response psychology, structuralism,
     the couch

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