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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.
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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.
She highlights, in particular, the way in which reference to the attack on Hiroshima was removed from Michael Ondaatje's novel The English Patient as the book made its way from work of literature to popular film; she explores, as well, the forms of repressed memory embedded in Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The Remains of the Day.
took on the Holocaust, insurance agencies that refused to pay off on Jewish policies, reparations to African Americans for the slavery years, repressed memory, and confabulating regression therapists.
For the superbly controlled Baptiste, this symptomatic headache foreshadows the return of repressed memory as he drags back to consciousness an incident from childhood concerning himself and McCarthy.
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.
A recent treatise on memory repression and the law described a patient who recovered a repressed memory of his mother's attempted suicide.
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.