Defense Mechanisms

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Repression occurs when a person unconsciously holds back unwanted or stressful emotions to protect themselves from reliving or acknowledging an experience. A subject can repress certain thoughts in whole or partially depending on the extent of the trauma.
While attending this class I have realized that since my early teens, I have been repressing emotions that stem from sexual abuse by a person who was both a family friend and our church pastor. This realization was brought to the forefront because my wife and children enjoy attending church services and participating in church related activities, while I will make up excuses to not attend. My lack of attendance at church is a frequent subject in our household and the cause of more than a few heated discussions. The thought of going to a church service makes me uneasy and I do it only after much prodding from my wife, but even then I only go for a couple of weeks before I start making excuses again. It was after one of these discussions that I decided to use the things I had read and try to understand why I don’t like going to church. That’s when I recognized the correlation between the abuse and my lack of interest in church. Now that I recognize my apprehension toward going to church services is because I’m trying to avoid the emotions from the abuse I am going to re-evaluate my views on attending church services. Who knows, maybe I’ll like going and that will make my wife happy and relieve some stress between us.
I’m not sure that the repression of the emotions from the abuse was/is a wholly negative thing. It has let me move past the incident instead of dwelling on it and preventing me from having a caring relationship with my family. On the other hand, involvement in the church was and continues to be an important part of my family’s life and I’ve missed a lot of that.
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