Definition of repetition compulsion in English:

repetition compulsion

noun

Psychology
  • (In Freudian theory) a compulsion characterized by the tendency to place oneself in circumstances or conditions which repeat or recreate a traumatic event from one's past, driven by the desire to gain mastery over the original traumatic event being recreated; also in extended use.

Origin

1920s. After German Wiederholungszwang.