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primal therapy

noun, Psychiatry.
a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to relive traumatic events, often screaming or crying, in order to achieve catharsis and a breakdown of psychological defenses.
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An Americanism dating back to 1970-75 Unabridged
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primal therapy

(psychol) a form of psychotherapy in which patients are encouraged to scream abusively about their parents and agonizingly about their own suffering in infancy Also called primal scream therapy, scream therapy
Word Origin
C20: from the book The Primal Scream (1970) by Arthur Janov, US psychologist, who originated the treatment
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primal therapy in Medicine

primal therapy n.
A method of psychotherapy that treats neurosis by teaching patients to relive early traumatic experiences and to express their feelings through angry screaming and other verbal or physical acts of aggression.

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