A theory in Psychoanalysis that describes the first phase of repression. Ideas associated with instinctual desires are identified and prevented from becoming conscious. As opposed to repression wherein repressed thoughts have already attained consciousness.

PRIMARY REPRESSION: "Primary repression attempts to keep certain ideas in the realm of the unconscious."
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