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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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Zimmerman implies that viewing these turbulent scenes might be akin to abreaction, whereby the audience relives its own losses vicariously through the characters' words and gestures.
Such was the foundational aim of psychoanalysis: by making a distressing event available to a consciousness, one renders it susceptible to abreaction and associative dissipation.
This process includes first identifying with the main character's needs, wishes, and frustrations; followed by experiencing an emotional release through abreaction and catharsis; and finally gaining insight into solutions to their own problems by identifying the characters' coping strategies (Pardeck, 1990; Pardeck & Pardeck).
This is a fair and judicious response, much fairer and more judicious than the bizarre abreaction of Keller's earliest and strongest supporter, Michael Anagnos, who was undone by the "Frost King" episode and eventually declared that "Helen Keller is a living lie.
With this loss of "headlong energy" the narrator risks, in Breuer and Freud's terms, an insufficient abreaction of the motivating trauma: "the injured person's reaction to the trauma only exercises a completely 'cathartic' effect if it is an adequate reaction--as, for instance, revenge" (Studies on Hysteria, 8).
Unfortunately, the result is more embarrassment than abreaction.
There is recognition in this tragedy of the destructive (non-survival) effect of this kind of evaluation; there is recognition, too, of the abreaction that may result from the expression of emotional and mental conflicts.
The factor provoking instant and powerful abreaction from a reader, however, is often a perceived error in grammar or usage.
My heartbeat settles to a slower rhythm, but I feel, vaguely, that I'm waiting for the visual abreaction that will settle everything once and for all, meaning once and for me.
While improved conduct and interpersonal relations seemed likely, the possibility of abreaction or rebelliousness required nondirectional data analytic procedures.
The use of catharsis (ventilation) and abreaction (emotional discharge) in resolving traumatic memories were stock-in-trade components of psychotherapy from the end of the 19th century.