I have frequently referred to the concepts of DISSOCIATION and REPRESSION on this site as, of course, both are highly relevant to the subject of childhood trauma. But what is the difference between the two?
In terms of psychoanalytic theory (of which Sigmund Freud is considered to be the ‘father’) REPRESSION can be divided into two types :
- PRIMAL REPRESSION
- REPRESSION PROPER
I briefly explain these two types of repression below :
REPRESSION PROPER :
This refers to an unconscious process whereby the part