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From Ancient Greek ἀνάκλιτος (anáklitos, for reclining), from ἀνακλίνω (anaklínō). Originally in the phrase anaclitic type, translating Freud's term Anlehnungstypus.



anaclitic (not comparable)

  1. (psychoanalysis) Denoting a person whose choice of love-interest arises from the dependence of the libido on another instinct (e.g. hunger).
    • 1982, Fowles, Mantissa
      I don’t think I have to gloss the true anaclitic purport behind your need to humiliate a woman doctor symbolically.
  2. Pertaining to an acute emotional dependence on another person or persons.
    • 2003, Theodore Millon, ‎Melvin J. Lerner, ‎Irving B. Weiner, Handbook of Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology (page 123)
      When introjects are weak (or even absent), an anaclitic personality configuration results, characterized by dependency, insecurity, and feelings of helplessness and emptiness.