primal-therapy

primal therapy

noun Psychiatry.
a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to relive traumatic events, often screaming or crying, in order to achieve catharsis and a breakdown of psychological defenses.

Origin:
1970–75, Americanism

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primal therapy
 
n
psychol primal scream therapy, Also called: scream therapy a form of psychotherapy in which patients are encouraged to scream abusively about their parents and agonizingly about their own suffering in infancy
 
[C20: from the book The Primal Scream (1970) by Arthur Janov, US psychologist, who originated the treatment]

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primal therapy n.
A method of psychotherapy that treats neurosis by teaching patients to relive early traumatic experiences and to express their feelings through angry screaming and other verbal or physical acts of aggression.

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