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A traumatic complex brings about dissociation of the psyche.  The complex is not under the control of the will and for this reason it posesses the quality of psychic autonomy.[…]Abreaction then is an attempt to reintegrate the autonomous complex, to...

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— Carl, Jung

The Practice of Psychotherapy(1954b), Vol. 16 By Carl, JungLeave your thoughts

A traumatic complex brings about dissociation of the psyche.  The complex is not under the control of the will and for this reason it posesses the quality of psychic autonomy.[…]Abreaction then is an attempt to reintegrate the autonomous complex, to incorporate it gradually into the conscious mind as an accepted content, by living the traumatic situation over again, once or repeatedly.

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