Definition of Abreaction

1. Noun. (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions.

Exact synonyms: Catharsis, Katharsis
Generic synonyms: Purge, Purging
Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Derivative terms: Abreact, Cathartic



Definition of Abreaction

1. n. See Catharsis, below.

Definition of Abreaction

1. Noun. (context: psychoanalysis) The re-living of an experience with a view to purging its emotional dross. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abreaction

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Abreaction

1. A process in psychotherapy in which the patient is "desensitised" to emotionally painful, often forgotten (repressed) memories by recalling and reacting to them in the "safety" of the treatment setting. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Abreaction

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

Literary usage of Abreaction

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

1. The Psychoanalytic Method by Oskar Pfister (1917)
"SECTION II THE EFFECTS OF THE PSYCHOANALYTIC PROBING CHAPTER XVI THE abreaction "WE found to our great surprise that the individual hysterical symptoms ..."

2. Mental Conflicts and Misconduct by William Healy (1917)
"Another term much used is abreaction — signifying the general phenomenon of ... (Of course, abreaction would also include fulfillment of the whole trend of ..."

3. Collected Papers on the Psychology of Phantasy by Constance Ellen Long (1921)
"abreaction opens as it were the first portal of the unconscious. ... abreaction works in a crisis. It often allows some of the hidden values of the sufferer ..."

4. Papers on Psycho-analysis by Ernest Jones (1918)
"Further, adopting a striking suggestion made by Ferenczi,2 Pierce Clark thinks it probable that the epileptic fits represent the periodical abreaction of ..."

5. Morbid Fears and Compulsions: Their Psychology and Psychoanalytic Treatment by Horace Westlake Frink (1918)
"(abreaction.) After a time Freud abandoned hypnosis as a means for filling out the gaps ... abreaction, upon which so much emphasis had been laid earlier, ..."

6. Repressed Emotions by Isador H. Coriat (1920)
"It is easy to talk of the breaking down of resistance, of transference, of sublimation, of abreaction,1 but these are the end-results of psychoanalysis ..."

7. Psycho-analysis and the War Neuroses by Sándor Ferenczi (1921)
"As the Freudian expression "abreaction" shows, psycho-analysis must have been in the mind of the writer when he thought out this theory. ..."

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