A Critical Analysis Of Repress Yourself By Lauren Slater

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“Repress Yourself” By Lauren Slater Slater seems not to deal with the technical and psychological definition of repression; she must be using repression instead of depression. Slater argues that perhaps revisiting traumas may not be helpful for some people who find it better to avoid dwelling on the past. These kinds of people find themselves activities to do since their recovery works via the activities they engage themselves in. The most important part of Slater’s argument is that probably repression is effective amongst “natural repressors” making her definition for repression incompatible with individuals who do not repress well. Her argument that contemporary mental treatment can infantilize women is really intriguing, I think the…show more content…
Slater gathers strength from Freud’s thought while concluding her article that, “Freud once defined repression quite benignly as a refocusing of attention away from unpleasant ideas”. Although the piece may be assumed to be positive because it was done by an expert, there were errors and problems. It would not be good to assume the depth of efforts put by experts to prepare their clients in an intensive program simply because there is need for stoicism in the face of fear. As much as a get over it attitude may work well as far as coping with anxiety and trauma is concerned, fears and injuries will always be in our mind. We cannot just assume a major trauma that easily unless we talk about it first and get convinced that the third party shares our feelings. The assertion that repressing trauma can help us heal better may not always work because at one point, an individual will recount, this alone will instill fear in that particular individual. It is better to dress an issue than assuming it because to me repression is just assumption which is not based on reality. When something happens to an individual and the opportunities to talk about the incident is repressed, there is likeliness that the victim will feel dissatisfied and “left alone.” There is absolutely nothing like re-victimizing ourselves when we talk or revisit a traumatic occurrence. In fact the only

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