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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

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.
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To release and discharge the affective components he was offered drug-induced abreactive treatment.
For instance, if a peer counselor is particularly conflicted with regard to his relationship with his mother, he may become uncomfortable and (consciously or unconsciously) inhibit an adequate abreactive response in the client.
Under the ataractic hood Beyond the reach of abreactive drug Untouched by regulators of the mood Lies the solution pending resolution.
For example, the client may be dialoguing with a symbolic image or dream figure, or be expressing the perspective of that figure in role-reversal, and experience abreactive emotion (fear, hate, jealousy, grief, etc.).