Catharsis.

  • ca·thar·sis  (k -thär s s)
    n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-s z)

    1. A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.
    2. A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.
     
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