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Catharsis  n.  (Med.)
A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc.
(Psychotherapy) The process of relieving an abnormal excitement by reestablishing the association of the emotion with the memory or idea of the event that first caused it, and of eliminating it by complete expression (called the abreaction).

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... travel by land Gilbert commends a preliminary catharsis, frequent bathing, the avoidance of repletion of all kinds, an abundance of sleep and careful protection from the extremes of both heat and cold. The strange waters may be corrected by a dash of vinegar. Some travelers, he tells us, carry with them a package of their native soil, a few ...
— Gilbertus Anglicus - Medicine of the Thirteenth Century • Henry Ebenezer Handerson

Words linked to "Catharsis" :   psychoanalysis, purge, analysis, depth psychology, purging, cathartic

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