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used in Sophie's World

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to hold something back


to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
  • Freud believed that the dream was a "disguised fulfillment of a repressed wish."
    30 — Freud (67% in)
repressed = something held back (in this case, not acknowledged as existing)
  • We may repress our desires.
    30 — Freud (26% in)
  • This thought was on course for a frontal collision with her superego, and was so monstrous an idea that she immediately repressed it, Freud tells us.
    30 — Freud (33% in)
  • He reserved the term 'unconscious' for things we have repressed.
    30 — Freud (36% in)
  • Whatever is repressed in this way will try of its own accord to reenter consciousness.
    30 — Freud (38% in)
  • When Freud was in America in 1909 lecturing on psychoanalysis, he gave an example of the way this repression mechanism functions.
    30 — Freud (38% in)
  • He is now repressed, and I can continue my lecture.
    30 — Freud (40% in)
  • But in order that the disturbance may not be repeated, in case the man who has just been thrown out attempts to force his way back into the room, the gentlemen who have executed my suggestion take their chairs to the door and establish themselves there as a resistance, to keep up the repression.
    30 — Freud (41% in)
  • Now, if you transfer both locations to the psyche, calling this con-sciousness, and the outside the unconscious, you have a tolerably good illustration of the process of repression.'
    30 — Freud (41% in)
  • At least, that's the way it is with repressed thoughts and urges.
    30 — Freud (42% in)
  • We live under the constant pressure of repressed thoughts that are trying to fight their way up from the unconscious.
    30 — Freud (42% in)
  • In other words, we accidentally say or do things that we once tried to repress.
    30 — Freud (43% in)
  • The little girls were duly instructed that on no account were they to refer to the bishop's nose, since children often blurt out spontaneous remarks about people because their repressive mechanism is not yet developed.
    30 — Freud (46% in)
  • When we project, we transfer the characteristics we are trying to repress in ourselves onto other people.
    30 — Freud (50% in)
  • Frequently there is a particular experience which the person is desperately trying to repress.
    30 — Freud (55% in)
  • And although this censorship, or repression mechanism, is considerably weaker when we are asleep than when we are awake, it is still strong enough to cause our dreams to distort the wishes we cannot acknowledge.
    30 — Freud (59% in)
  • But exactly what we have repressed can have changed considerably since Freud was a doctor in Vienna.
    30 — Freud (68% in)
  • Freud himself did not claim to have discovered phenomena such as repression, defense mechanisms, or rationalizing.
    30 — Freud (70% in)
  • Could there be something she was trying to repress?
    31 — Our Own Time (1% in)

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