primal therapy

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primal therapy

n.
A method of psychotherapy in which patients relive traumatic early childhood experiences and express resulting painful feelings, sometimes by loud crying or screaming.

primal therapy

n
(Psychology) psychol a form of psychotherapy in which patients are encouraged to scream abusively about their parents and agonizingly about their own suffering in infancy. Also called: primal scream therapy or scream therapy
[C20: from the book The Primal Scream (1970) by Arthur Janov, US psychologist, who originated the treatment]

pri′mal ther′apy


n.
a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to relive traumatic events, often screaming or crying, in order to achieve catharsis.
[1970–75, Amer.]

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A means of helping people to come to terms with negative experiences of childhood.
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