abreaction
In freudian psychoanalysis, an episode of emotional release or catharsis associated with the bringing into conscious recollection previously repressed unpleasant experiences.
- motor a. the release of an unconscious thought, idea, or impulse through motor or muscular expression.

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ab·re·ac·tion .ab-rē-'ak-shən n the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization esp. in the presence of a therapist compare CATHARSIS (2)
ab·re·act -'akt vb

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n.
the release of strong emotion associated with a buried memory. While this can happen spontaneously, it is usually deliberately produced by a therapist using psychotherapy or hypnosis. The technique is used as a treatment for conversion disorder, anxiety state, and other neurotic conditions, especially when they are thought to be caused by repression of memories or emotions.

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ab·re·ac·tion (ab″re-akґshən) [ab- + reaction] the reliving of an experience in such a way that previously repressed emotions associated with it are released, usually also resulting in insight.

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