|self-governing or independent; subject to its own laws only; not subject to control from outside|
|concerned with relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question.|
|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||(in Aristotelian literary criticism) the purging or purification of the emotions through the evocation of pity and fear, as in tragedy|
|2.||psychoanal See also abreaction the bringing of repressed ideas or experiences into consciousness, thus relieving tensions|
|3.||purgation, esp of the bowels|
|[C19: New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein to purge, purify]|
catharsis ca·thar·sis (kə-thär'sĭs)
n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-sēz)
A psychological technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.
The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.