psychocatharsis


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ca·thar·sis

(kă-thar'sis),
1. Synonym(s): purgation
2. The release or discharge of emotional tension or anxiety by psychoanalytically guided emotional reliving of past, especially repressed, events. Synonym(s): psychocatharsis
[G. katharsis, purification, fr. katharos, pure]

psychocatharsis

See catharsis.

psychocatharsis

(si?ko-ka-thar'sis) [? + katharsis, purification]
The bringing of traumatic experiences and their affective associations into consciousness by interview, hypnosis, or, formerly, drugs such as sodium amytal.
See: catharsis
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