Definitions for abreactionˌæb riˈæk ʃən
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catharsis, katharsis, abreaction(noun)
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
The re-living of an experience with a view to purging its emotional dross.
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A process in psychotherapy in which the patient is "desensitized" to emotionally painful, often forgotten (repressed) memories by recalling and reacting to them in the "safety" of the treatment setting.
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