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Victims' Symptom : glossary:repression
 
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Repression

In repression, the person is expelling or withholding an idea or feeling from the consciousness. Primary repression is when ideas and feelings are restrained before they have reached consciousness. In secondary repression what was once experienced at a conscious level is excluded from awareness. The repressed material is not forgotten, and it may be present in symbolic behavior. This defense mechanism differs from suppression since it effects conscious inhibition of impulses to the point of losing and not just postponing wished goals. In repression conscious perception of instincts and feelings is blocked. (Sadock, 2003)

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References:

  • Sadock, B.J., Sadock, V.A. Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry. Ninth edition, Philadelphia; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003.

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