isopathic principle

isopathic principle

[‚ī·sə′path·ik ′prin·sə·pəl]
(psychology)
The apparently paradoxical rule according to which the cause cures the effect, as when a feeling of guilt is relieved by an exhibition of guilt, namely hate.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.