From the long history of controversy surrounding repression this chapter examines three episodes. The first episode began in 1905 when Freud published the case history of “Dora,” a young woman who had entered into analysis with him because of symptoms of hysteria. The second episode began in America in about 1990 as a controversy concerning “recovered memories.” The third episode began at around the same time, again in America, when psychotherapist Francine Shapiro began using a new technique for dealing with traumatic memories. Placing these three episodes side by side shows that the special type of forgetting known as repression, which is in fact understood as not forgetting, has deep roots in widely diverse constellations of trauma, unconscious processes and ideas about the usefulness or necessity of bringing repressed memories back to the surface.
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