The reality of repressed memories.

@article{Loftus1993TheRO,
  title={The reality of repressed memories.},
  author={Elizabeth F. Loftus},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={1993},
  volume={48 5},
  pages={
          518-37
        }
}
  • E. Loftus
  • Published 1 May 1993
  • Psychology
  • The American psychologist
Repression is one of the most haunting concepts in psychology. Something shocking happens, and the mind pushes it into some inaccessible corner of the unconscious. Later, the memory may emerge into consciousness. Repression is one of the foundation stones on which the structure of psychoanalysis rests. Recently there has been a rise in reported memories of childhood sexual abuse that were allegedly repressed for many years. With recent changes in legislation, people with recently unearthed… 

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