Sharon Begley reveals why scary flicks give us a powerful feeling of catharsis and reinforce old-fashioned beliefs about morality.
Encountering such exaggerations on the page serves as a kind of catharsis, and provides a kind of perspective.
"The word 'Katrina' is so close to the word 'catharsis,'" he says.
He suggests that the appeal to teenagers also goes beyond thrill-seeking and catharsis.
But I always feel that making the film is the catharsis that stops the nightmares, if you will.
He however refers only to the catharsis upon the spectator, but not to that of the author's work upon himself.
Evacuations by venesection and catharsis, and then by the exhibition of opium.
He had no sympathy with the poetry that had a social message and he did not understand its effect as a catharsis.
There are certainly times when catharsis is necessary but "one thing is certain, the day for routine purgation is past."
It does not touch the ‘catharsis’ of tragedy, which is another matter.
1803, "bodily purging," from Latinized form of Greek katharsis "purging, cleansing," from stem of kathairein "to purify, purge," from katharos "pure, clear of dirt, clean, spotless; open, free; clear of shame or guilt; purified" (with most of the extended senses now found in Modern English clear, clean, pure), of unknown origin. Originally medical in English; of emotions from 1872; psychotherapy sense first recorded 1909, in Brill's translation of Freud.
catharsis ca·thar·sis (kə-thär'sĭs)
n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-sēz)
A psychological technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.
The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.