Screen Memory

By Renée Grinnell

A false recollection constructed as a compromise between complete repression and full awareness of an unacceptable wish. Generally, the psychological significance of an important event is maintained, but displaced onto another, more mundane memory.

Example: A young woman having problems with trust and intimacy in her relationships fails to see the connection between her current issues and the fact that she was molested as a child. Instead, she blames her troubles on the “trauma” from a minor accident she had as a teenager.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Nov 2008