Definition of Abreact

1. Verb. Discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization.

Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Generic synonyms: Allay, Ease, Relieve, Still
Derivative terms: Abreaction



Definition of Abreact

1. Verb. (context: transitive psychoanalysis) To eliminate previously repressed emotions by reliving past experiences. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abreact

1. to release repressed emotions by reliving the original traumatic experience [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Abreact

1. 1. To show strong emotion while reliving a previous traumatic experience. 2. To discharge or release repressed emotion. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Abreact

abrasively
abrasiveness
abrasivenesses
abrasives
abrasure
abration
abraum
abraxas
abraxases
abray
abrayed
abraying
abrays
abrazo
abrazos
abreact (current term)
abreacted
abreacting
abreaction
abreactions
abreactive
abreacts
abread
abreast
abreast of(p)
abreed
abrege
abreges
abreid
abrenounce

Literary usage of Abreact

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1912)
"... the satisfaction of the punishers themselves who in this manner abreact their own pent-up feelings. The ceremony, whether sacrificial or punitive, ..."

2. Proceedings of the United States Naval Instituteby United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1891)
"... is to keep fully abreact of the times by promptly Introducing improvements and new processes that contribute to superior and more economical production, ..."

3. Religion and the New Psychology: A Psycho-analytic Study of Religion by Walter Samuel Swisher (1920)
"... the Catholic confessional is of inestimable benefit in the assistance it gives the individual to abreact his painful emotions and sublimate. ..."

4. Voyages of Discovery and Research Within the Arctic Regions, from the Year by John Barrow (1846)
"... of fi ve-nnd-twenty, wnrn drawn dp in a Une abreact, and «till advanced »lowly toward n*. As w« approached nearer they ..."

5. Psycho-analysis and the War Neuroses by Sándor Ferenczi (1921)
"... likewise from hypnosis and other suggestive means, but allowed the patients to abreact in the waking state and sought to make intelligible to them by a ..."

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