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Screen Memory

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.

Screen Memory
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Screen Memory. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from