Catharsis

Science / Psychiatry / Catharsis: The healthful (therapeutic) release of ideas through talking out conscious material accompanied by an appropriate emotional reaction. Also, the release into awareness of repressed (forgotten) material from the unconscious. See also repression.

Limited Effects Theory

Technology / Television (TV) / Limited Effects Theory: A type of communication theory (e.g., social learning theory, vicarious catharsis theory) that regards media as having conditional influences on the viewer: due to intervening variables, the effects o MORE

Tragedy

Entertainment / Literature / Tragedy: A serious play in which the chief character, by some peculiarity of psychology, passes through a series of misfortunes leading to a final, devastating catastrophe. According to Aristotle, catharsis is MORE

Ekstasos

Entertainment / Literature / Ekstasos: (Greek, 'ecstasy') In Greek thinking, ekstasos is a non-rational state of mind that people achieve by 'losing themselves' in an experience--becoming so engrossed in a sensation or a moment that one fo MORE

Katharsis

Entertainment / Literature / Katharsis: An alternative spelling of catharsis (see above). MORE

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