Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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core definition

Psychoanalysis is a therapeutic method for treating mental disorders by investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind with a view to making the subject aware of the unconscious processes.

explanatory context

Freudianism represents the best known development of psychoanalysis. The Freudian approach has been challenged and developed in what has become known as Post-Freudian psychoanalysis of which Lacanian psychoanalysis is one of the best known approaches.


Psychoanalytic theory has been used and developed in other realms such as psychoanalytic feminism, which tends to draw heavily on Lacanian psychoanalysis.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also

Lacanian psychoanalysis

psychoanalytic feminism


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