Extreme dependence on another person or persons for emotional support. The model for an anaclitic relationship is the infant’s dependence on the mother for his well-being andgratification. In psychoanalysis the term “anaclitic object choice” denotes selection of a mate or other love object who resembles the mother or other person who has provided comfort and support during early childhood.

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