RECOVERED MEMORY

Especially prominent in cases of sexual or physical abuse, a personal experience of recalling specific details of a previous, stressful incident. Memories regarding the event have been inaccessible to the conscious mind. Subject may be unaware that a trauma has occurred prior to the memories being recovered. Controversial due to memories being recovered while subject is taking part in psychological therapy and unknown or undue influence that may have been provided by the therapist. Also known as repressed memory. See also: dissociative barriers; post-traumatic amnesia; pseudomemory.

RECOVERED MEMORY: "Recovered memories led to the patient accusing her uncle of sexual abuse."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "RECOVERED MEMORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/recovered-memory/ (accessed June 14, 2019).
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