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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca*thar"sis
  1. A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc.
  2. [Psychotherapy] The process of relieving an abnormal excitement by reëstablishing 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).

Etymology: NL., fr. Gr. �. See Cathartic

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  1. (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
  2. Purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

From Ancient Greek κάθαρσις (kátharsis, “cleansing, purging”), from καθαίρω (kathaírō, “I cleanse”). Coined in the dramatic-emotional sense by Aristotle.

  1. (drama) A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).
  2. Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
  3. A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.
  4. (psychology) A therapeutic technique to relieve tension by re-establishing the association of an emotion with the memory or idea of the event that first caused it, and then eliminating it by complete expression (called the abreaction).
  5. (medicine) Purging of the digestive system.

Notable Persons Named Catharsis

Catharsis was born on March 31st, 1990 in Tbilisi, Georgia.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Catharsis

Catharsis was born on March 31st, 1990 in Tbilisi, Georgia.


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Past life for Catharsis born Jul 21, 1940

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Scotland approximately on 850. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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