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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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In the abreactive treatment of psychotic patients it was claimed that intravenous injection was unnecessary unless quick action was desired (Broder 1936).
122) that "differs from abreactive play in that the children are not able to 'change' the ending to create hope for themselves" (p.
namely the abreactive shock of repressed wishes bursting their strictures and penetrating consciousness, but from an external source, from a concrete other who is also male and a partner in the mating ritual and thus always ripe for transference.