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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.
Because the Company is now in a solid financial position to begin executing its strategy of realizing near-term revenues from its AccuDx product line while starting clinical trials for its breakthrough AbReact cervical cancer test, I have decided the time is right for me to step aside so I might spend more time with my family," said Stan Yakatan, 62, who has been Chairman and CEO of Grant Life Sciences since July 2004.