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repressed memory

(rĭ-prĕst′)
n.
A memory that is repressed because of the anxiety it engenders.

repressed memory

Psychology An event that occurred in a subject's past, the memory of which was actively repressed often because of the psychologically devastating impact of that memory–eg, childhood abuse, rape, molestation. See False memory, Source amnesia.
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Maness set forth Alaska's long-awaited legal approach to dealing with rediscovered memories but the opinion gave only a superficial discussion of the scientific controversy surrounding repressed memory syndrome and the court's reasoning behind the decision.
Plaintiffs' counsel have, thus, argued that repressed memory delays the accrual of the statute of limitation in all sex abuse cases.
sets off the surfacing of the once repressed memory in the victim's
At the April 20 hearing, Brian Madden, one of Tierney's lawyers, said he and his colleagues need access to the documents in order to "test the credibility of the allegations of abuse as well as the allegations of repressed memory."
The sexual abuse is often alluded to; it is only fully revealed at the end of the book as she recounts her recovery of repressed memory in adulthood.
Speakers covered case histories on post traumatic stress syndrome in Vietnam veterans who never saw combat; graphologists who believe handwriting tells us something about our personality; courtroom experts who testify about repressed memory in sex abuse victims; and doctors of traditional Chinese medicine who believe they can tell if you have kidney disease just by taking your pulse.
Loftus believes that what she calls "repressed memory" is a dangerous fiction, and she believes that science supports her view.
The merging of legal and therapeutic interrogation in the use of repressed memory at trial prompts one of Brooks' more overt stands on policy and practice when he advises that the legal system avoid such tactics (130).
Moving forward to the turn of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud famously rejected his earlier notion that repressed memory of sexual abuse cases hysteria.
This is not considered a repressed memory. Why, then, should traumatic events that have been forgotten for a period of time be termed a special class of repressed memories?
She shows how the stories of the helpless abused child and the crusading man who refuses to come home point to every repressed memory which returns to haunt this novel's characters.
It is important to note that five of these recollections were the result of repressed memory recovery, which the Canadian Psychiatric Association has deemed unreliable.