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intellectualization

[ ĭn′tl-ĕk′chōō-ə-lĭ-zāshən ]
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n.
The act or process of intellectualizing.
An unconscious means of protecting oneself from the emotional stress and anxiety associated with confronting painful personal fears or problems by excessive reasoning.
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