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abreaction

 [ab″re-ak´shun]
the expression of emotions associated with repressed material, usually of an anxiety-provoking or conflictual nature, which is brought into a person's awareness and relived. See also catharsis.

ab·re·ac·tion

(ab-rē-ak'shŭn),
In freudian psychoanalysis, an episode of emotional release or catharsis associated with the conscious recollection of repressed unpleasant experiences.

abreaction

/ab·re·ac·tion/ (ab″re-ak´shun) the reliving of an experience in such a way that previously repressed emotions associated with it are released.

abreaction

[ab′rē·ak′shən]
Etymology: L, ab, from, re, again, agere, to act
an emotional release resulting from mentally reliving or bringing into consciousness, through the process of catharsis, a long-repressed, painful experience. See also catharsis. abreact, v.

abreaction

Emotional release or discharge associated with recall and resolution of mental trauma experienced and repressed in childhood. A therapeutic effect may occur through partial discharge or desensitisation of the painful emotions and increased insight.

abreaction

Psychiatry Emotional release or discharge associated with remembering and resolving repressed mental trauma experienced and repressed in childhood. See False memory.

ab·re·ac·tion

(ab-rē-ak'shŭn)
freudian psychoanalysis An emotional release or catharsis associated with the recollection of previously repressed unpleasant experiences.

abreaction

A process used in PSYCHOTHERAPY in which repressed thoughts and feelings are brought into consciousness and ‘relived’. Abreaction is, it is hoped, followed by CATHARSIS and is most readily achieved when the trouble arises from a recent traumatic event.

abreaction (aˑ·brē·akˈ·shn),

n the remembrance and release of emotions relating to a repressed experience or trauma that can occur on its own or be induced artificially, as through hypnosis. See also catharsis.
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Huntly's physical abreaction of this trauma is complicated, however, by the cultural context in which it transpires.
Discrete events often require catharsis and abreaction, but it is only in working-through, in the transference, and in the resistance that can unlock the underlying dynamic which girded and perpetuated the abuse and binds the client to that suffering in later life.
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This may be called a flashback, reliving experience or abreaction.
Besides assisting in the recapturing of lost memories, Courtois (1999) lists other useful purposes in using hypnosis including the abreaction of the trauma, in the identification of and reconnection with disowned parts of the self, in pain management and substance control, and as a means of relaxation and self management.
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