In Greek catharsis means purification.

Catharsis is the state created by the art and which, as its name suggests, purifies the soul of his evil passions;

Aristotle described the tragedy as a cathartic art: the spectator of a tragedy of self expels brutal or criminal tendencies, latent in every man, on seeing them act out in front of him.

Psychoanalysis joins the assumption of Aristotle by an exercise of speech to let off steam.

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