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cathartic

(kəthär`tĭk): see laxativelaxative,
drug or other substance used to stimulate the action of the intestines in eliminating waste from the body. The term laxative usually refers to a mild-acting substance; substances of increasingly drastic action are known as cathartics, purgatives, hydrogogues,
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cathartic

[kə′thär·dik]
(pharmacology)
Any drug, such as castor oil, mineral oil, or a laxative, that causes defecation.

cathartic

a purgative drug or agent
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Titration approach to accessing traumatic material and working with it cathartically.
The palpable difference in tone in these far more animated novels reflects a difference in attitude: Emma is governed by emotions (mostly suppressed), whereas in the early trio of novels the emotions are allowed to emerge and then are cathartically released.
People with anger difficulties frequently have these difficulties because they bottle up other emotions until they are violently and cathartically released.
This comparison captures the tense emotions in Bisong which cathartically explodes in the re-union with his mother.
They like women who enjoy male freedoms and opportunities, like Donata in Daughter of Venice, and cathartically beat them at their own game, like Alan/ Manna in Manna.
This fear is usually cathartically resolved through the baby's safe delivery.
As a pacifist who likes action movies, I had always thought there must be many people like myself who would not literally emulate the behavior of the characters in those films, but who find them cathartically useful as a liminal exercise which allows us to question and reflect on values, as well as have some healthy emotional discharge.
The seemingly irreconcilable and perennially restless protagonists of the myth of an integrated and cathartically cleansed island come together, not at the exhausted end of a teleological odyssey nor in existential anomie, but in a placeless and timeless act of sublime (self)pardon.
was cathartically satisfying in a very direct way .
These events have been understood as informed by profound conflict, as violence that cathartically led to the ousting of a cruel dictator, or in his hands, inflicted wounds and created martyrs in vengeful retribution.
The good news is that untangling this need not require a cathartically horrific "game," but rather the recognition that there many ways to be Jewish, and that being Israeli is only one of them and feeling a certain way about Israel only another.
The sight of a young woman's corpse exacerbates Aaron's harrowing recurrent nightmare, trigger episodes of somnambulism and ultimately open up cathartically his tragic history and the sad circumstances of his daily life which he has been trying to keep private.