In PSYCHOANALYSIS, a DEFENCE MECHANISM and
a crucial concept in Freudian theory. The essence of repression is
the blotting out from CONSCIOUS awareness of disturbing feelings
and impulses arising from the ID. They are submerged in the
UNCONSCIOUS—where they invariably get up to mischief.
Repression is at the root of many NEUROSES including, most
strikingly. AMNESIA. Indeed FREUD considered repression the
price we pay for civilisation, and psychoanalysis, by making the
unconscious conscious, the only way to come to terms with this
dilemma. Contrast with INHIBITION.