These two terms are closely related, and thus easily confusable as synonymous. Is there a difference?


Repression is the unconscious exclusion of impulses, desires, or fears from the conscious mind, while suppression is the conscious exclusion of similar thoughts.

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  • $\begingroup$ this is one of the shortest and sweetest, yet succinct and accurate answers $\endgroup$ – user10932 Nov 24 '13 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I considered going into more depth, but brevity is the soul of wit and all that ;-) $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Deamer Nov 24 '13 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ I know people tend to favor depth here, I always like to upvote newcomers and give encouragement and constructive feedback if poss. I am sure you'll get more votes if you go into more detail, however it is spot on :) and welcome again $\endgroup$ – user10932 Nov 24 '13 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ yvw.. its always good to have new people with enthusiasm. :) $\endgroup$ – user10932 Nov 24 '13 at 22:24

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