Freudian Repression: Definition & Overview


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Who is credited with proposing and popularizing the theory of defense mechanisms?

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1. According to Freud, defense mechanisms, such as repression, are put to use subconsciously by the:

2. Repression occurs:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Repression, according to Freud, is what occurs when the ego represses anxious thoughts and feelings and hides them in the subconscious . The printable worksheet will teach you more about it, and the interactive quiz will ask you questions on the specifics of repression.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Who popularized the theory of defense mechanisms
  • What part of our mind uses defense mechanisms subconsciously
  • Whether or not repression occurs consciously or subconsciously
  • An example of a thought/impulse that originates in the Id and is repressed by the Ego

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Freudian repression
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what part of our minds employs repression, and whether this happens consciously or subconsciously
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms such as Ego and Id

Additional Learning

To learn more about how we hide our anxious feelings in our subconscious, review the corresponding lesson on Freudian repression. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Introduces Freud and his theories on the human psyche
  • Examines the Id, Ego, and Superego
  • Defines Freudian repression
  • Provides an example of repression