Setting free the bears: escape from thought suppression.

@article{Wegner2011SettingFT,
  title={Setting free the bears: escape from thought suppression.},
  author={Daniel M. Wegner},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2011},
  volume={66 8},
  pages={
          671-80
        }
}
  • D. Wegner
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Psychology
  • The American psychologist
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