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Repression as a defense mechanism

Repression as a defense mechanism

Repression can best be defined as the psychological defense mechanism that involves pushing undesired thoughts into the unconscious in order to not think about them anymore.

While our consciousness keeps the thoughts and feelings we want to be aware of, the unconscious mind holds our entire history which, without the help of repression, might actually lead us to psychological distress.

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By hiding our undesired thoughts or feelings, we might actually end up feeling more anxious and depressed, without even knowing the reason.

Some of the most known examples of repression:

Repression has been a controversial topic in recent times:

The objective of hiding our undesired thoughts in our unconsciousness is to feel less anxious.

Repression is of two types: primary and proper.

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