repetition compulsion

noun
rep·​e·​ti·​tion compulsion | \ ˌrep-ə-ˈtish-ən- How to pronounce repetition compulsion (audio) \

Medical Definition of repetition compulsion

: an irresistible tendency to repeat an emotional experience or to return to a previous psychological state

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