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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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Although Breuer and Freud will suggest that, as an act of verbal revenge, language may abreact and expel the traumatic memories that oppress the hysteric, Edgar Huntly envisions such narrative vengeance as a dangerous pre-text that fuels a ravenous cultural desire.
What I am concerned about is the part of psychotherapy that says, "We're going to make you abreact.