Affects of Repressed Memories in the Human Mind

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Affects of Repressed Memories
in the Human Mind

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Affects of Repressed Memories
in the Human Mind

Often times, many individuals experience trauma during their childhood or early in their lives. They then for some reason or another, forget the memories. These memories are called repressed, and in this report, you will be informed about repressed memories. You will also read about how repressed memories can affect your actions and behaviors later in life. You will view a couple of scenarios consisting of repressed memories and you will be informed on the controversial issue being debated in the psychology field.

The issue of repressed memories began back in the late nineteenth century when Sigmund Freud developed theories about unconscious mental processes. He was inspired by his various clinical studies. Freud used his Psychoanalytic approach to develop his theories on the subject.

Repressed memories are memories achieved by traumatic experiences that are forgotten unconsciously, but they also unconsciously affect different situations and reactions in the future. For example, a child with abuse might forget about the abuse. But later in life, this individual might have problems opening up to form relationships with others. There is a difference between repression and suppression. Suppression is displayed when an individual

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consciously tries to block out painful thoughts to avoid facing the responsibility and consequences of their actions.
All theories involving repressed memories have evolved from case studies, but no scientific documentations have been obtained due to the fact that repressed memories cannot be factually studied. One of the ways scientists experimented with this concept was by giving a subject an electrical shock to observe if it made the subject associate of a specific word with the feeling. However, it would be impossible to...
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