Can repression become a conscious process?

Simon Boag*

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    A major weakness in Erdelyi's account concerns the claim that repression can become conscious. A relational account of cognition demonstrates that if repression is successful, then the repressive act cannot become known. Additionally, "resistance" further distinguishes "repression" from "suppression." Rather than blurring the distinction between these processes, it is possible to recognise a series of defences. Suggestions are provided for alternative research avenues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)513-514
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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