Abreact meaning

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To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.
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In psychoanalytic theory, to release repressed emotions by intentionally recounting, acting out, or remembering the trauma causing the conflict.
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(psychoanalysis) To eliminate previously repressed emotions by reliving past experiences. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
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Origin of abreact

  • Translation of German abreagieren ab- away reagieren to react

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

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

    From Wiktionary