Catharsis - Definition

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Catharsis is a term used mainly in psychiatry which refers to the act of releasing repressed emotions. This term is used in psychoanalysis and its goal is to push the person being analyzed into a corner and provoke an emotional crisis. This crisis enables the expression of thoughts repressed by the subconscious. The purpose of catharsis is therefore to express emotions in order to understand and analyze a psychological problem. Analytic work should help to overcome the problem and solve it.