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catharsis

 [kah-thahr´sis]
1. a cleansing of the bowels; called also evacuation and purgation.
2. the bringing into consciousness and the emotional reliving of a forgotten (repressed) painful experience as a means of releasing anxiety and tension.
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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]
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catharsis

(kə-thär′sĭs)
n. pl. cathar·ses (-sēz)
1. Medicine Purgation, especially for the digestive system.
2. Psychology
a. A technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.
b. The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.
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catharsis

Cathartic method Psychiatry Any psychoanalytic technique in which the client is led to recognize the underlying basis for underlying mental issues, and release associated suppressed or forgotten emotions by talking them out; catharsis is integral to primal therapy and Reichian therapy. See Primal therapy, Psychoanalysis, Reichian therapy, Repression.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ca·thar·sis

(kă-thahr'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.
[G. katharsis, purification, fr. katharos, pure]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

catharsis

1. Purging of the bowels.
2. A psychoanalytic term meaning the release of anxiety and tension experienced when repressed matter, which has been ‘poisoning’ the mind, is brought into consciousness.
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Catharsis

Therapeutic discharge of emotional tension by recalling past events.
Mentioned in: Art Therapy
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