noun Psychoanalysis.
release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience.

1910–15; ab- + reaction, on the model of German Abreagierung

abreactive [ab-ree-ak-tiv] , adjective
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abreaction (ˌæbrɪˈækʃən)
psychoanal the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness

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