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Psychological processes

catharsis

noun

the process of expressing strong feelings that have been affecting you so that they do not upset you any longer

complex

noun

an emotional problem caused by unreasonable fears or worries

conditioning

noun

the influence of things such as culture and education that make people behave or react in particular ways

damage

noun

emotional or mental harm caused to someone

defence

noun

a way of thinking or behaving that protects you from being tricked or hurt

defence mechanism

noun

a reaction in your mind that makes you forget things that are unpleasant to think about

delusion

noun

an idea caused by this condition

exorcism

noun

something you do that helps you to stop thinking about a bad experience or memory

fixated

adjective

in psychology, someone who is fixated has feelings about sex that have not developed normally because they loved someone or something a lot as a child

fixation

noun

in psychology, a mental condition in which someone’s feelings about sex have not developed normally because they loved someone or something a lot as a child

mechanism

noun

behaviour that makes it possible for you to deal with a difficult situation or problem

mess up

to be the cause of someone’s physical, emotional, or mental problems

obsess

verb

if someone or something obsesses you, they are so important to you that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people

obsessed

adjective

considering someone or something as so important that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people

obsession

noun

an emotional state in which someone or something is so important to you that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people

obsessional

adjective

affected by, or typical of obsession

obsessive

adjective

caused by an obsession

obsessive

adjective

affected by an obsession

obsessive

adjective

tending to develop obsessions about particular people or things

obsessive

noun

someone who behaves in an obsessive way

Oedipal

adjective

related to an Oedipus complex

patterning

noun

the way that people develop patterns of behaviour or speech by copying other people or by repeating words or actions

projection

noun

in psychology, the fact of imagining that someone else is feeling a strong emotion when in fact you are the one who is feeling it

regression

noun

in psychology, a temporary return to your behaviour as a child when a situation threatens you

regressive

adjective

relating to behaviour that is not responsible or controlled, or is like that of a child

resonance

noun

an emotional effect produced by something that reminds you of something else

safety valve

noun

a way of getting rid of strong emotions without harming anyone

scar

noun

a permanent effect on someone’s mind, caused by an unpleasant experience that they have had

scar

verb

if an unpleasant experience scars someone, it has a permanent effect on the way that they think and live

sublimate

verb

to change the way that you react to a feeling, especially a sexual feeling, so that you express it in a way that society accepts

suggestion

noun

the action of influencing someone to make a mental connection between one thing and another

transference

noun

an emotional process in which you start to feel emotions relating to someone in your past about someone you know now

wound

noun

emotional damage caused by something bad that happens

obsessively

adverb

obsessiveness

noun

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