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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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Finally, there was general agreement that th e DD field has seen significant evolution away from a treatment model that focuses primarily on abreaction of traumatic memories toward a greater clinical emphasis on ego-strengthening and the maintenance of adequate functioning in the present.
It is as if Penck's drawings were abreactions that do not quite work, which is why they must be repeated with compulsive rapidity.
Explores the application of hypnosis to eating disorders, reviewing the research published over the last decade, and discusses the increasing awareness of the value of hypnosis as an adjunct to therapy, especially in the treatment of bulimia, such as the importance of the ego-dissociation mechanism and the roles of age regression, abreactions, and catharsis.