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two-person psychology

a term used in relational psychoanalysis to underscore its shift in theory from classical psychoanalysis, which emphasizes a patient’s intrapsychic life, to a perspective that emphasizes the importance of the dyad between a patient and analyst or therapist for forming self-understanding and relational meaning. Compare one-person psychology.

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serial killer

an individual who repeatedly commits murder, typically with a distinct pattern in the selection of victims, location, and method.