Repression is what the mind does to traumatic things it can't deal with and doesn't want in the memory. It crushes them up into a big lump that stays in the unconscious where the conscious mind can't see it. They can still screw around with your brain, requiring years of psychoanalysis and maybe hypnotism.

Re*pres"sion (r?-pr?sh"?n), n. [Cf. F. r'epression.]

1.

The act of repressing, or state of being repressed; as, the repression of evil and evil doers.

2.

That which represses; check; restraint.

 

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