A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc.
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).
during a film's climax, the audience may experience a purging or cleansing of emotional tension, providing relief or therapeutic restoration
sudden release of feelings. Can be triggered by talking about traumatic events.
In drama and roleplaying, the pleasurable release of emotion accompanied by insight or self-realisation. 'Cathartic' modules are a roleplaying type, the mainstay of Systemless Gaming. Catharsis may be immediate (within the module) or occur afterwards as a player reflects on the experience and their reaction to it. Catharsis is treated by roleplayers with proper respect and seriousness, hence the popular phrases, 'Cathart me gently with a chainsaw', and 'Who catharted?'. (See Angst).
The release of magickal energies at the height or climax of a ritual. Essentially the use of energy at the catharsis is the crux of the rite, determining whether its outcome will be successful or not.
in psychoanalysis, the release of repressed emotional energy as a consequence of insight into the unconscious causes of one's psychological problems. 521
The purging or clearing removal of negative emotional experience, first formulated by Aristotle and reflective of Greek medical theory. Freud and his early colleagues thought a catharsis would mark the culmination of a successful psychotherapy.
A method of removing feelings of guilt by reliving a condemning situation in altered form. The mind is presented with an experience which is almost identical to the one which originally created the sense of guilt. The only difference is that the new situation assigns the blame for failure to some other cause or person. This method is related to the syndrome.
The release of tension and anxiety by recounting and/or acting out past experiences.
The emotional reenactment in thought or symbolic form of a painful experience that brings relief of the distress caused by the original experience.
In Aristotle's Poetics, the "purging" or "cleansing" of terror and pity, which the audience develops during the climax of a tragedy.
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
a "vigorous expression of feelings about repressed events"
an emotional purging or cleansing experienced by an ancient Greek audience at the end of a tragedy
the purifying or relieving of the emotions by art: an Aristotelian concept, applied originally to the effects of tragic drama.
Release of pent up emotion
Aristotle, in chapter 6 of The Poetics, discusses briefly the concept of Ã¢â‚¬Å“catharsisÃ¢â‚¬Â: a Ã¢â‚¬Å“purgation of pity and fearÃ¢â‚¬Â integral to tragedy by supplying a relief, or purification, of these emotions and leaving a feeling of fulfilled pleasure. Catharsis is either a Ã¢â‚¬Å“purificationÃ¢â‚¬Â (a reduction to a beneficent order and proportion), or a Ã¢â‚¬Å“purgationÃ¢â‚¬Â (an expelling from our emotional system) by the drama. Also see LitWiki.
The healthful (therapeutic) release of ideas through "talking out" conscious material accompanied by an appropriate emotional reaction. Also, the release into awareness of repressed ("forgotten") material from the unconscious. See also repression.
the emotional effect upon an audience resulting from a re-living or re-experiencing of a remembered emotion.
The purification that Aristotle deemed the effect of tragedy, which "through pity and fear effects the purging of these emotions." The present writer feels that the chief, the validating, effect of the theatre is not this, but a sense of exaltation. Tragedy sets a man erect, defying the odds, the gods or other forces against which he stands firm; thus spir- itually he conquers, even as his body is torn. Comedy sets men erect through laughter at these outer forces, irresistible but irrelevant to the inner spirit of man.
An explosive release of hitherto dammed-up emotions that is sometimes believed to have therapeutic effects.
The purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) caused in a tragedy.
(Greek katharsis, purification kathairein, to purify kathos, pure) Basic meaning: to cleanse. 1. a purgation or purging; 2. a purifying of emotions or relieving of emotional tensions; 3. alleviation of fears, problems and complexes by bringing them to the consciousness or giving them expression.
The process of cleansing or purification by which the individual is freed from obstacles to spiritual growth and development.
Much disputed term used by Aristotle in his Poetics where he suggests that tragedy should purge the emotions of pity and fear and, hence, lead to a catharsis.
Reduction of an impulse or emotion through direct or indirect expression, particularly verbal and fantasy expression.
Catharsis is the Greek Katharsis word meaning "purification" or "cleansing" derived from the ancient Greek gerund ÎºÎ±Î¸Î±Î¯ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ transliterated as kathairein "to purify, purge," and adjective katharos "pure or clean" (ancient and modern Greek: ÎºÎ±Î¸Î±ÏÏŒÏ‚).