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tr.v. ab·re·act·ed, ab·re·act·ing, ab·re·acts
To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.

[Translation of German abreagieren : ab-, away + reagieren, to react.]

ab′re·ac′tion n.


(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness


(ˌæb riˈæk ʃən)

the release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience, esp. during psychoanalysis.
ab`re•act′, v.t. -act•ed, -act•ing.
ab`re•ac′tive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensionsabreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"


[ˌæbrɪˈækʃən] N (Psych) → abreacción f


n (Psych) → Abreaktion f
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