primal scream therapy

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Definition of primal scream therapy 

: psychotherapy in which the patient recalls and reenacts a particularly disturbing past experience usually occurring early in life and expresses normally repressed anger or frustration especially through spontaneous and unrestrained screams, hysteria, or violence

called also primal therapy

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Over the weekend, Arthur Janov, the psychotherapist who created primal therapy, otherwise known as primal scream therapy, died in his home in Malibu, California, reports Margalit Fox at The New York Times. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Founder of Primal Scream Therapy Has Died. What Exactly Is Primal Scream Therapy?," 5 Oct. 2017

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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primal scream therapy

noun
\-ˈskrēm- \

Medical Definition of primal scream therapy 

: psychotherapy in which the patient recalls and reenacts a particularly disturbing past experience usually occurring early in life and expresses normally repressed anger or frustration especially through spontaneous and unrestrained screams, hysteria, or violence

called also primal scream, primal therapy

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