Freudian Repression, the Common View, and Pathological Science

  title={Freudian Repression, the Common View, and Pathological Science},
  author={Simon Boag},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={74 - 86}
  • S. Boag
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Review of General Psychology
A sustained misconceptualisation of a theory leading to invalid applications and inferences indicates a failure in the scientific process. This has repeatedly occurred with Freud's theory of repression, a cornerstone of psychoanalytic theory. This paper traces the development of Freud's theory of repression and compares this with the “common view” found in mainstream psychology: the motivated forgetting of trauma. A fixation with Freud's original, and superseded theory (1893–1897) ignores the… Expand
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