catathymic crisis

noun
cata·​thy·​mic crisis | \ ¦katə¦thīmik- \

Definition of catathymic crisis

: an unexpected explosive outburst of impulsive often destructive behavior understandable only in terms of unconscious motivation

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History and Etymology for catathymic crisis

cata- + Greek thymos spirit + English -ic

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“Catathymic crisis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catathymic%20crisis. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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