Excerpt About Repression

Defense Mechanisms are Ultimately Forms of Repression
The individual, in other words, learns to approve of in himself what his parents approved of, and to disapprove of what they disapproved of. what is disapproved of becomes mostly pushed out of consciousness, relegated to the unconscious; and so these defense mechanisms are ultimately forms of repression, as Freud articulated. For this repression to be done effectively, the whole operation becomes unconscious; i.e., both the ego defense mechanism and the corresponding coercive parts of the superego become unconscious.

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