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January 1928

Psychokathartische Behandlung Nervöser Störungen.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;19(1):198. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210070227019

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In science, as in commerce, when an innovation succeeds or attracts marked attention a procession of imitations soon follows in its wake. These may consist of some slight alteration in an unessential feature, minor improvement or merely the offering of the same article in a different, perhaps more attractive, wrapper. The advocate of the spurious product may unconsciously reveal the source of his inspiration by averring that it is "just as good" as the original. This brings us to the topic of psychocatharsis which, as the reader may surmise, is a near relative of the better known process of analysis. Those familiar with the development of psychoanalysis know that psychocatharsis with the patient in a state of hypnosis was a forerunner of the present procedure, and that catharsis, consisting in the release of repressed psychic affects, is still a vital part, though by no means the whole, of psychoanalytic procedure.

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