An example of catharsis is talk therapy.
- purgation, esp. of the bowels
- the purifying of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. by art; concept applied originally by Aristotle to the effect of tragic drama on the audience
- Psychiatry the alleviation of fear, problems, and complexes by bringing them to consciousness or giving them expression
Origin of catharsisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek katharsis, purification ; from kathairein, to purify ; from katharos, pure
- Medicine Purgation, especially for the digestive system.
- A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.
- A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.
- Psychology a. A technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.b. The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.
Origin of catharsisNew Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein, to purge, from katharos, pure.
- (drama) A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).
- Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
- A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.
- (psychology) A therapeutic technique to relieve tension.
- (medicine) Purging of the digestive system.
From Ancient Greek κάθαρσις (katharsis, “cleansing, purging”), from καθαίρω (kathairō, “I cleanse”). Coined in the dramatic-emotional sense by Aristotle.