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noun Psychiatry.

the removal of emotional conflict or relief of anxiety that is the immediate benefit of a defense mechanism or neurotic symptom.

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primary gain

n.

Alleviation of anxiety that results from conversion of emotional conflict into demonstrably organic illnesses.
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