Sunday, February 27, 2005

Freud on Repression

Repressed memory proponents often reference Freud as the origin of the repression hypothesis. Since most experimental psychologists don't really like Freud, and since they've probably never read him, they're probably more than willing to believe that it was he who came up with such a bad idea. However, I'm an experimental psychologist who has read Freud (because studying the history of psychology is a bit of a hobby of mine), and I can say with certainty that the current conception of repression held by some psychologists is not Freud's. However, you don't have to take my word for it. Read what the man wrote, in "The Aetiology of Hysteria."

More on repression soon.