Abreact Definition

To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.
American Heritage
In psychoanalytic theory, to release repressed emotions by intentionally recounting, acting out, or remembering the trauma causing the conflict.
American Heritage Medicine

(psychoanalysis) To eliminate previously repressed emotions by reliving past experiences. [First attested in the early 20th century.]


Origin of Abreact

  • Partial translation of German abreagieren, from ab (“away from, off, down from") + reagieren (“to react").

    From Wiktionary

  • Translation of German abreagieren ab- away reagieren to react

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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