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ab·re·act

 (ăb′rē-ăkt′)
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.
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abreaction

(ˌæbrɪˈækʃən)
n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness
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ab•re•ac•tion

(ˌæb riˈæk ʃən)

n.
the release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience, esp. during psychoanalysis.
[1910–15]
ab`re•act′, v.t. -act•ed, -act•ing.
ab`re•ac′tive, adj.
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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"
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Translations

abreaction

[ˌæbrɪˈækʃən] N (Psych) → abreacción f
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abreaction

n (Psych) → Abreaktion f
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