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Dissociation

A coping mechanism in which highly traumatic memories, emotions, or thoughts are compartmentalized and their recall is avoided.

Example: A man understands his traumatic nightmares only after he finds an old letter in which he described a terrifying, forgotten incident.

Dissociation
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Dissociation. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 11, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/dissociation/