Suppression and Repression

by Cathy Parkes December 11, 2020 Updated: February 16, 2024

Suppression is VOLUNTARY denial of  thoughts or feelings. Repression is UNCONCIOUS (i.e. involuntary) denial of thoughts or feelings. Both are defense mechanisms used to cope with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.

Suppression is VOLUNTARY denial of thoughts or feelings. Repression is UNCONCIOUS (i.e. involuntary) denial of thoughts or feelings.

Both are defense mechanisms used to cope with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.

Check out our full article on Defense Mechanisms. Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Flashcards cover the key defense mechanisms you need to know for your mental health exams & the NCLEX.


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