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In psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the first full realization and expression of emotions surrounding significant occurrences in one’s past; emotional release.

Example: The abused patient had never allowed himself to admit the extent of his anger; he felt markedly better after a furious outburst during a therapy session one day.

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Catharsis. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2020, from