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Effect of Catharsis on Mental Functioning

In the field of psychology, what is meant by the term "catharsis"? According to Joseph Bruer, what effect did "catharsis" have on the mental functioning of someone with a "troubled mind"? Why?

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1. In the field of psychology, what is meant by the term "catharsis"?

In the field of psychology, a catharsis is an emotional release. According to psychodynamic theory, for example, this emotional release is linked to a need to release unconscious conflicts. For example, experiencing stress over a work-related situation may cause feelings of frustration and tension. Rather than vent these feelings inappropriately, the individual may instead release these feelings in another way, such as through physical activity or another stress relieving activity. (1)

2. According to Joseph Breuer, what effect did "catharsis" have on the mental functioning of someone with a "troubled mind"? Why?

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Referring to the field of psychology, the term "catharsis" is explained. This solution also discusses the views of Joseph Bruer about the effect of "catharsis" on the mental functioning of someone with a "troubled mind, and why. References are provided.

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