Repression, suppression, and oppression (in depression) Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Erdelyi's two key tenets–that repression may be conscious (“suppression”) and that it is context-sensitive–resonate well with findings on unipolar depression. Drawing from this field, I argue that (1)“oppression,” namely, pressure from significant others to refrain from attending to certain mental contents, influences individuals' repression/suppression; and that,(2) individuals actively create the very contexts that facilitate their repression/ suppression.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006