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Definition of the noun abreaction

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noun - plural: abreactions

  1. (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

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  1. [psychoanalysis] The re-living of an experience with a view to purging its emotional dross.


Abreaction is a psychoanalytical term for reliving an experience in order to purge it of its emotional excesses; a type of catharsis. Sometimes it is a method of becoming conscious of repressed traumatic events.

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Google previewThe Holistic Guide to Hypnotherapy (2017)

The Essential Guide for Consciousness Engineers by Steve Webster C.Ht

An abreaction is a physical movement or an emotional outburst as a reaction to a suggestion, while in the state of hypnosis. Some hypnotic abreactions are spontaneous and others are created by the hypnotist. Hypnotic abreaction can be ...

Google previewAn EMDR Therapy Primer, Second Edition (2015)

From Practicum to Practice by Barbara J. Hensley

Although abreaction is an integral part of the healing process for many clients, it can also be challenging as it requires the client to allow difficult emotions in the context of a disturbing experience or set of experiences. The clinician's role is to ...

Google previewThe Philosophy, Theory and Methods of J. L. Moreno (2014)

The Man Who Tried to Become God by John Nolte

Abreaction is a function of memory and psychodramatists learn quickly that memory is a neuromuscular activity, not simply a neurological one. Protagonists routinely report that many details of an experience come to mind through the act of ...

Google previewIntroduction to Parapsychology (2004)

by William Flexner

Abreaction is the release of the repressed energies which takes place when the source of repression is remembered. This is a kind of mild catharsis which may relieve ...

Google previewThe Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (2000)

by Babette Rothschild

Abreaction is the emotional discharge that often accompanies catharsis. Regardless of what one calls these emotional eruptions, care The Body Remembers 63.

Google previewBeyond the Violation of the Self (2008)

Getting Your Soul Right by William M. Jump

As discussed, an abreaction is a controlled release of blocked off feelings, sensations, and images. This release occurs safely and tolerably over time. You must trust that your Dominant (your Higher Self) knows exactly what to do and how to ...

Google previewAn A-Z of Counselling Theory and Practice (2005)

by William Stewart

Abreaction is a difficult and painful process. The person is often re- experiencing the trauma as if it is occurring in the present. Pain is sometimes felt in the same part of the body that was hurt during the trauma, and they can experience sights, ...

Google previewPsychiatry Test Preparation and Review Manual (2016)

by J Clive Spiegel, John M. Kenny

Neurocognitive Disorders K&S Chapter 21 Abreaction is an emotional release after recalling a painful event. It is part of psychodynamic therapy and is a large part of what Freud thought brought about cure during psychoanalysis of conversion ...

Google previewWitchcraft, Healing, and Popular Diseases (2012)

New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology by Brian P. Levack

Abreaction is a catharsis becoming part of the trance “performance.” In turn, the act induces abreactions in patients (Levi-Strauss, 1967:37). Consequences of the patient's abreaction can be perceived as healing. This type of trance notably ...

Google previewKaplan and Sadock's Study Guide and Self-examination Review in Psychiatry (2007)

by Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock, Ze'ev Levin

Abreaction is an emotional discharge after recalling ...

Google previewThe Freud Encyclopedia (2002)

Theory, Therapy, and Culture by Edward Erwin

GOOD Abreaction Abreaction is an emotional release or discharge after recalling a painful experience that had been repressed because it was consciously intolerable. A therapeutic effect sometimes occurs through partial ...

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

The term abreaction, to describe such emotional releases, was first utilized by Breuer and Freud (1893). However, contrary to popular understanding, Breuer and Freud did not prescribe spontaneous emotional reliving of traumatic events as ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009)

by Salman Akhtar

Abreaction: concept introduced by Sigmund Freud in 1893 to denote the fact that pent-up emotions associated with a trauma can be discharged by talking about it. The release of affect occurred by bringing 'a particular moment or problem into ...

Google previewBlack's Student Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Harvey Marcovitch

Abreaction An emotional release caused by the recall of past unpleasant experiences. This is normally the result of psychoanalytical treatment in which psychotherapy, certain drugs, or hypnosis (see HYPNOTISM) are used to effect the ...

Google previewA Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (2012)

by Andrew Samuels, Bani Shorter, Fred Plaut

ABREACTION Jung writes that a slackening of the tension of consciousness is felt subjectively as listlessness, moroseness, and depression, due to the fact that one can no longer command 'ENERGY to be used for ego purposes. Such a state ...

Google previewThe Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (1995)

by Joseph Childers, Gary Hentzi

ABREACTION. Abreaction ( ABreeAKshun) is a Freudian term used to describe a moment of affective discharge in ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

abreaction. Psychiatry Emotional release or discharge associated with remembering and resolving repressed mental trauma experienced and repressed in childhood. See False memory ...

Google previewConcise Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin

abreaction. n. the therapeutic release of strong emotion commonly associated with a buried memory. The therapist may help the patient to retrieve the memory ( sometimes through hypnosis),

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

ABEPP abreaction ABEPP American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. Aberdeen system Day industrial feeding schools, used in the th century and associated with a social movement, spearheaded by Sheriff Watson, that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Trauma (2012)

An Interdisciplinary Guide by Charles R. Figley

Abreaction, a subcategory of catharsis, has been a dominant idea in psychotherapy starting ...

Google previewA Student's Dictionary of Psychology (2013)

by Nicky Hayes, Peter Stratton

abreaction A process used in some forms of psychotherapy, especially psychoanalytically orientedones, which ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy (2015)

by Edward S. Neukrug

abreaction or catharsis and (2) muscular ...

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