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abreaction

[‚ab·rē′ak·shən]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, the weakening or elimination of anxiety by reexperiencing, either through imagination or in reality, the original anxiety-provoking experience.
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As the reader eventually learns, Huntly's narrative is influenced by an unresolved trauma: his vengeful triumph is an attempt to abreact the murder of his parents and an infant sibling in an Indian raid.
No one is there." Daniel began to sob and abreact. He cried out for his father who had been drinking and had fallen asleep in the house.
[however] if the original experience, along with its affect, can brought into consciousness, the affect is by that very fact discharged or 'abreacted', the force that has maintained the symptom ceases to operate, and the symptom itself disappears.
Freud labels these memories "parthogenic," and he notes that hysterical patients surfer from incompletely abreacted psychical traumas.