Monday, December 20, 2021

Fort Collins Mental Health Counselor and Life Coach: Oppression, Repression, and Suppression

Today's Blog Post

To facilitate growth and personal wellness, my services offer a blend of eastern and western science and philosophy.   

My east/west approach frequently leads me to ask clients to look up the definitions of oppression, repression, and suppression.  Why?  It's a long, highly contextual answer, but the short answer is: I wish for my clients to get busy living!

1. Oppression: Is the unfair or cruel use of power to control another person or group.  The term is often used in a political context to refer to the oppression of minority groups such as women and racial minorities.

2. Repression: The action of subduing someone or something by force.  The restraint, prevention, or inhibition of a feeling, quality, etc.

In classical psychoanalytic theory and other forms of depth psychology, the basic defense mechanism that excludes painful experiences and unacceptable impulses from consciousness.  Repression operates on an unconscious level as a protection against anxiety produced by objectionable sexual wishes, feelings of hostility, and ego-threatening experiences and memories of all kinds.  It also comes into play in many other forms of defense, as in denial, in which individuals avoid unpleasant realities by first trying to repress them and then negating them when repression fails.

3. Suppression: A conscious effort to put disturbing thoughts and experiences out of mind, or to control and inhibit the expression of unacceptable impulses and feelings.  It is distinct from the unconscious defense mechanism of repression in psychoanalytic theory.

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