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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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The Jews are utilized for the abreaction of an unresolved and therefore "eternal" ambivalence towards the father.
Based on this theory, in this study the intervention method was designed to follow the four steps of self-introduction, expressing feelings and emotions, providing information, and assisting abreaction.
Edward Bibring's five therapeutic modalities (suggestion, manipulation, abreaction, clarification, and interpretation).
As Dysart coaxes his recalcitrant subject, via hypnosis and abreaction, to revisit the roots of his disturbance and the harrowing events of the crime, the shrink comes to regard the boy's violent passion with something approaching envy.
[I]n Beyond the Pleasure Principle Freud draws a distinction, between on the one hand, remembering, which he considers to be a kind of creation of a version of an event--"remembering [erinnern] it as something belonging to the past"--and on the other hand, repeating--"to repeat [wiederholen] the repressed material as a contemporary experience," that is, as an abreaction ranging from hallucinations, to nightmares, to more subtle forms of acting out [...].
However, the Gowerian justifications must also create an abreaction of sympathy; for to clarify peasant culpability--justifying punishment by their subhumanity and their guilt alike--Gower needs also at least adduce (though contrary to express intention) the reasons in circumstantial reality that made rebellion right: the political economy was treating agricultural labor inhumanely.
The process specifically involves two steps: abreaction and catharsis, that is, reliving the repressed episode and releasing the concomitant emotion.
One medical method, abreaction, is the discharge of repressed emotion by way of talking about a disturbing experience.
(1) Effective treatment requires clinicians to recognize that the aggression benefits from an abreaction context and correction-based therapy.
In this light, religion often offers many of the elements felt to be important in individual and group therapies, such as empathy, advice, emotional support, help in problem solving, positive role models, opportunities for abreaction, and reality testing.
Also, they often experience an emotional release through abreaction and catharsis.