Repressed Memories: Real, Imagined, or False?

An examination of the concept of repressed memories in psychological terms.

This essay looks into the validity of repressed and recovered memories and looks at some of the recent research that has been conducted in this area.
“Repression was considered by Freud to be the most basic and important defense strategy, in which memories too frightening or painful are excluded from an individual’s conscious awareness. Although repression is the fundamental concept behind psychoanalysis, it is rarely entirely successful on its own and is often employed with other defense mechanisms to prevent the repressed memories ‘breaking through’ into consciousness (Erdelyi, 1985). Successful repression of traumatic memories can affect an individual at unconscious, semiconscious and, according to some, physiological levels (Pennebaker & O’Heeron, 1984).”