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aphanisis

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

A term used in psychoanalysis to denote the disappearance of sexual desire. It was coined in 1927 by the Welsh psychoanalyst Ernest Jones (1879–1958) in his Papers on Psycho-Analysis (5th...

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phallocentric

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Psychology.

Focused on or obsessed with the phallus, or biased towards cultural assumptions of male dominance symbolized by the phallus.

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phantasmagoria

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A fantastic or dreamlike sequence of real or imagined images. See also phantasticant. phantasmagoric or phantasmagorical adj. [From French phantasmagorie production of phantasms, from Greek null...

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primal scene

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(in Freudian theory) the occasion on which a child becomes aware of its parents' sexual intercourse, the timing of which is thought to be crucial in determining predisposition to future...

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speciesism

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The belief in the intrinsic superiority of the human species over all others, often accompanied by an assumption that human beings are therefore justified in exploiting non-human animals...

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wish fulfilment

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Satisfaction of a desire, especially, in psychoanalysis, the satisfaction of an unconscious (1) desire in a disguised way such as a fantasy (2), dream (1), symptom, or parapraxis. See also...

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