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One morning after Dad finishes his workout he pulls a fold-out bunk from the wall and lies down still unclothed I sit on the floor beside him I watch his erection He slaps his tummy with it He laughs as if he is surprised Touch it he says holding his penis up offering it to me I reached over hold it with my fingers and let it go making a thwack I have seen his penis before when it is hard Hed tried to put it into my bottom He is going to do it again isnt he I dont want to be here I say Unlock the door Please Daddy The bunker sits around me heavy and grotesque I disappear de Milly httpwwwwalterdemillycomchapterhtm Who would want to remember this sort of thing Certainly not the poor child who is recalling it so why would he He didnt for a long time because of the pain this memory causes so he did something that many people do with painful memories He repressed it Why do people repress memory and how can it be recalled This paper hopes to unlock a few of the secrets of this strange phenomenon Firstly repression as defined by A Dictionary of Psychoanalysis is the unconscious and involuntary process by which an unacceptable impulse or idea is rendered unconscious According to Chip Phillips repression is where unconsciously you bury painful or embarrassing memories Phillips Ch 3 So what exactly causes someone to repress a memory As Phillips stated painful or embarrassing memories Memories of childhood abuse and sexual abuse are very common Herman Schatzow 1-14 as are those of embarrassment Phillips lecture The writer believes that these are valid statements but believes there needs to be more added to the definition The writer believes that repression is where a person subconsciously buries memories of shocking acts and events that caused severe and traumatizing pain andor
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