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In psychoanalysis, of, relating to, or characterized by strong emotional dependence on another person, exemplified by the behaviour of an infant at the mother's breast. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) introduced the concept in 1905 in his book Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (Standard Edition, VII, pp. 130–243, at pp. 181–5). See also anaclitic depression, anaclitic object-choice. anaclisis n. The state or condition of being anaclitic. [From Greek anaklitos leaning up against, from ana up + klinein to lean + -ikos of or relating to]

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