What's the deal with repressed memories?

They aren’t real. At least not for traumatic events they’re not. Trauma has a tendency to make you not be able to forget the traumatic event, in extreme cases these events are so easily remembered they induce panic/ fight or flight, I believe this is considered the mechanism behind PTSD.

I did a psych grad program and the concept of repression was discussed as dangerous, incorrect pseudoscience. That was a few years ago and not my specific area. Hopefully a cognitive / memory expert can jump in here.

My half assed attempt at getting a citation for my claims: Citation: https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=xq1vfWIiV1IC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=repressed+memories&ots=9fbWG4Xlt5&sig=HVYar5rvp7hb6WuO1j1TQ9nCH3E

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