catharsis


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

katharsis \katharsis\ n.
   purging of emotional tensions; -- usually spelled
   catharsis.

   Syn: catharsis, abreaction.
        [WordNet 1.5]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Catharsis \Ca*thar"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See Cathartic.]
   (Med.)
   1. A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of
      the mouth, bowels, etc.

   2. (Psychotherapy) The process of relieving an abnormal
      excitement by re["e]stablishing the association of the
      emotion with the memory or idea of the event that first
      caused it, and of eliminating it by complete expression
      (called the abreaction).
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Cathartic
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