The concept of repressed memories was made popular by Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) who hypothesized that traumatic memories could be buried deep in the unconscious without conscious access for long periods of time and that this caused his patients mental distress and neurotic symptoms.
He also put forward the view that it was only by uncovering these memories and bringing them back into conscious awareness that these patients could be cured.
Now, around a century later, the debate surrounding the concept of repressed memories is still not resolved and research into the phenomenon is ongoing.
Present State Of Knowledge Surrounding The Phenomenon Of Repressed Memory
At present, leading researchers believe some people may have repressed memories, but, if they do, the phenomenon happens extremely rarely.
One problem which contributes to the lack