September 1, 2008
ABREACTION – n. Psychoanalysis the expression and consequent release of a previously repressed emotion, achieved through hypnosis or suggestion.
My psychology background drew me to this word. Although I don’t put much stock in psychoanalysis, it has had and continues to have tremendous influence in the field of psychology and a lot of psychoanalytic jargon has become quite commonplace over the years.
Abreaction seems to be a common enough concept that several would-be musicians have opted to identify themselves with the word. For instance, Abreaction Key, a band from Calgary, Alberta or Justin Joseph’s Abreaction from Waltham, US. I think Abreaction Key might have some potential.
Also, the youth in this video appropriated the word to describe their compilation of stupid behavior. I don’t think it would be a stretch to suggest that these kids might one day require a genuine abreaction.