What is the differance between “hypnosis” and “catharsis?

Question by VT♥Angel in Disguise♥: What is the differance between “hypnosis” and “catharsis?
briefly can you describe each and are they very painful??

how are they similar and differant?

how are they similarly and differantly induced or performed?

when did theory or idea of catharsis really get introduced in modern psychology and how?

Thanks for your answers!

Best answer:

Answer by Robin B
Hypnosis : A state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion

Catharis : (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

Catharsis – The term in drama refers to a sudden emotional climax that evokes overwhelming feelings of great sorrow, pity, laughter or any other extreme change in emotion, resulting in restoration, renewal and revitalization in members of the audience.[citation needed]

Using the term “catharsis” to refer to a form of emotional cleansing was first done by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his work Poetics. It refers to the sensation, or literary effect, that would ideally overcome an audience upon finishing watching a tragedy (a release of pent-up emotion or energy). In his previous works, he used the term in its medical sense (usually referring to the evacuation of the “katamenia”, the menstrual fluid or other reproductive material)……………..
…………………etc., etc, check by searching Catharsis on Wikipedia, there is a lot of good stuff there.

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  1. Katy W said,

    Wrote on November 2, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Catharsis is the safe release of ’emotional steam’. Freud proposed that when we experience stressful/ scary/embarrassing events, we try to push them into our lower levels of consciousness. As there isn’t endless space in the mind, cathartic releases such as sport, therapy and so on help get rid of this pressure. Im pretty sure that hypnosis is a form of cathartic release as the hypnotist communicates with the unconscious mind to shut off of release the ‘gate’ allowing these thoughts to be disposed or faced.
    Cathartic techniques today take the form of art therapy, drama therapy and for many just distraction techniques like playing an instrument or sport. But it originates from Freud’s work.
    I hope this gives you a better understanding, and if you need any more info email me :)

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