Mixing Memory links and quotes an article finding (unsurprisingly) little evidence for “repression,” part of the pseudoscience of psychoanalysis.
Mixing Memory : There’s No Such Thing as Repression
The current dispute regarding the existence of repression has mainly focused on whether people remember or forget trauma. Repression, however, is a multidimensional construct, which, in addition to the memory aspect, consists of pathogenic effects on adjustment and the unconscious. Accordingly, in order to arrive at a more accurate decision regarding the existence of repression, studies relevant to all three areas are reviewed. Moreover, since psychoanalysis regards repression as a key factor in accounting for the development and treatment of neurotic disorders, relevant research from these two domains are also taken into account. This comprehensive evaluation reveals little empirical justification for maintaining the psychoanalytic concept of repression.
I’m presently writing on paper on the debate around Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (another piece of pseudoscientific nonsense), so this empirical takedown of Sigmund Freud struck me.