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Discussion 1 Reply to Cherish #1

After reviewing repressed memories as well as the psychoanlalytic view, I do believe that repressed memories are real. I say this because I myself have memories that I try to push back at times. In April I was in a bad car accident where a large Silverado ran a red light and T-boned me while I was getting off of the freeway. At first I thought I was ok mentally and only had some physical injuries. However as I bought another car, since mine was totaled out by insurance, I found that I would remember the accident but only in snippets. The moment I realized I was about to be hit, the moment after I was hit and a woman came to check if I was OK as well as send a quick prayer my way (while I was still in the car and my left arm feeling numb), and one more piece that haunts me to this day is the impact itself, and I remember as if it were a movie playing in my head in slow motion.

This is a great example that shows that not only can repressed memories are stored in our unconcious minds but that our unconcious can remind us of traumatizing moments. The Association for Psychcological Science states that “Roughly 60-80% of clinicians, psychoanalysts, and therapists surveyed agreed to some extent that traumatic memories are often repressed and can be retrieved in therapy, compared to less than 30% of research-oriented psychologists. Additional data revealed that belief in repressed memory is still prevalent among the general public,” and this statement shows that repressed memories are typically able to be retrieved from our unconcious minds.

Scientists and Practitioners Don’t See Eye to Eye on Repressed Memory. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases…

Discussion 1 Reply to Elizabeth #2


Psychoanalysis offers significance to occasions and sentiments that are gathered in the unconscious mind. Repression is a procedure that moves inadmissible and troubling inclination and recollections to the unconscious mind. Psychologist and therapist accept that these quelled musings are genuine yet contain less validity.

The psychoanalytic way of thinking propounded by Sigmund Freud clarifies human typical and irregular conduct comparable to the communication between oblivious drives and powers. It epitomizes sentiments, inclinations, and feelings. It is accepted that if the oblivious comprehension is an aftereffect of silly and uncertain distresses than it would prompt indignation which thus causes wretchedness and disappointment. As it were, it expresses that conduct is an aftereffect of inborn drives and early encounters.

Repression is one of safeguard component that includes the avoidance of destressing or unsuitable wants, musings, sentiments, and feelings from the cognizant personality to the oblivious personality. It happens to keep self from tension. As indicated by specialists, sexual injury is one of the most vulnerable occasions seen in repressed memories. A clinical psychologist has discovered that clients who remember memories of youth maltreatment during sessions are genuine, point by point, clear, and dependable. As indicated by Association of Psychological Science (2013), repressed memories are less worthy because of lacking logical proof.

An online investigation directed by Patihis and partners that typified clinicians, analysts, and psychotherapists found that repressed memories are real. Therefore, we can presume that repressed memories are genuine however comprise of low legitimacy.


Association for Psychological Science. (2013, December 13). Scientists and practitioners don’t see eye to eye on repressed memory. [Press Release]. Retrieved from http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news…

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Discussion 2 Reply to Tholair #1

According to (Feldman 2017), familiarity heuristic leads us to believe that items are superior to those that are unfamiliar. We create a certain habit that is familiar to us so we can reduce errors from happening. For example, I take the same route when I go to work, but if a street is closed while I am headed to work, I would have to use a GPS to guide me to my location. Another example, when I go to the grocery store, I go to a specific store because I know where all the items are located. I reduce errors by going places I am familiar with and know exactly how to get there.


Feldman, R. S. (2017). Understanding Psychology (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Discussion 2 Reply to Jacqueline #2

A heuristic thinking strategy is a shortcut to a solution to a problem or decision that is not error-free (Feldman, 2017). The familiarity heuristic thought process chooses places, people and things that are more familiar to them than not, which can save a lot of time when making a decision. The mental set is a framework for thinking about a problem based on prior experience with similar problems, but just because it was an effective approach before, does not mean that mental set will always be effective (Feldman, 2017).Maintaining a mental set for all similar experiences alters one’s perception and can not be applied to solve all problems, especially social conflicts.Familiarity heuristic and the mental set is not a good combination to evaluate problems because it will lead to jumping to conclusions.This practice of problem-solving will cause acts of stereotyping, racism and discrimination, which is something our nation has been working to improve for a long time.This method of problem-solving is prevalent in politics and has not been effective.Unfamiliarity and open-mindedness are two paths to a vulnerability that many humans are not comfortable with, but if these inappropriate thought processes are mot made aware of, then how will anyone know there are other methods to solve problems.


Feldman, R. (2017). Understanding Psychology. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/1260380440/