'Catharsis' means 'to get rid of' or 'to disperse'.
In the early 1970s, Arthur Janov introduced Primal Therapy as a cathartic process for re-experiencing childhood pain through feeling it rather than through conceptual analysis. The central practice was Primal Screams.
Around the same time, a man named Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh (later known as Osho), began promoting 'Dynamic Meditation', an emotionally cathartic practice that became very popular with Westerners.
For several decades, the long-held concept that there are 'negative' or 'bad' feelings such as anger, sadness, and fear, and only one 'positive' or 'good' feeling, which is joy, was combined with Primal Scream and Dynamic Meditation and for a time became a movement in the personal development world, leaving ripples that still influence people's thinking today.
However, simply because a concept can be easily understood does not mean it has any relationship to reality.
The assumption that the human Emotional Body's immense capacity for feeling Feelings, Emotions and Mixed Emotions is a design error may be a false assumption.
In the beginning practices and exercises of Possibility Management, we make no assumption that the Emotional Body is a design error. This allowed us to discovers that developing our capacity to Consciously Feel is the gateway to whole new territories of possibility, such as: Emotional Healing Processes, Inner Navigation, Whole Permaculture, Torus Technologies, New Refugees, 3 Phase Healing, Stellating Feelings Archetypes, Feelings Practitioner Training, authentic Adulthood Initiatory processes, and Archetypal Transformations.
Distinguishing the immense differences between Feelings and Emotions, and embracing feelings energies and information as a valuable resource of energy and clarity needed daily in Adulthood, starts with reorienting away from Catharsis and towards 'Cathexis'.
'Cathexis' means 'to contain, recycle, re-aim, and consciously apply', in this case, Emotional Energies.
The instructions are, "Hold the emotional energy in and let it inform you. Do not allow your Gremlin to throw it away. Let emotional energy and information circulate around in all 5 Bodies. Use this energy to build new Matrix, make Choices, Flow Power, make Proposals, Hold Space, Navigate Space, take Radical Responsibility, Go Nonlinear," etc.
We discovered that Feelings and Emotions are not design errors from Gaia, but rather are precious resources of energy and information needed for fulfilling your Destiny and delivering the services of your Archetypal Lineage to the Village.
Specifically, "Feelings are for handling things. Emotions are for healing things."