Dissociation and Trauma Archives

Appendix III The Repression of War Experience

Title
Appendix III The Repression of War Experience
LC Subject
Repression (Psychology) Conflict, Armed (War)
Creator
Rivers, W. H. R. (William Halse Rivers), 1864-1922
Description
The author defines repression as an active process of making some part of the mental content inaccessible to memory. He believes it to be harmful when it has negative effects on one's adaptation to his environment. He states that although it is a common practice to tell patients to not think of unpleasant memories it is rarely beneficial to voluntarily banish these thoughts. He discusses cases of war neurosis, and the part taken by repression in each of them. He concludes that facing painful memories and thoughts should be encouraged and patients should be helped after "cessation of repression" for improvement in treatment.
Issued
1920
Identifier
diss_rive_appe3_1920
Rights
Public Domain Mark 1.0
Source
University of Oregon Knight Library, BF173.R54. Instinct and the unconscious; a contribution to a biological theory of the psycho-neuroses, 185-204. Cambridge University press.
Language
English
Type
Text
Format
application/pdf
Set
Dissociation and Trauma Archives
Primary Set
Dissociation and Trauma Archives
Institution
University of Oregon
Citation
Appendix III: "Repression of War Experiences". In Rivers, W. H. R. Rivers (1920). Instinct and the unconscious; a contribution to a biological theory of the psycho-neuroses. Cambridge University press.
Note
Description provided by Deniz Tahiroglu.