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Catharsis [Noun]

Sentence: Now, some researchers say that the common psychological wisdom about crying — crying as a healthy catharsis — is incomplete and misleading. Having a “good cry” can and usually does allow people to recover some mental balance after a loss. But not always and not for everyone, argues a review article in the current issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.(Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Release from strong or repressed emotions through emotional discharge

How To Remember?

In Chemistry, cathode in the terminal where reduction occurs. Now, no need to understand Chemistry here. Catharsis should remind you of a cathode which helps in reduction of emotional burden. Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Purging; Purgation; Purification; Cleansing; Release; Relief; Deliverance; Exorcism; Abreaction.

Antonym?

Repression.

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[Only after escaping prison could Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” have his moment of catharsis.]

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