a childhood memory, perhaps recalled falsely, that screens out a more distressing recollection.
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Origin of screen memory
First recorded in 1920–25
Words nearby screen memory
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British Dictionary definitions for screen memory
psychoanal a memory that is tolerable but allied to a distressing event and which is unconsciously used to hide the distressing memory
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Medical definitions for screen memory
In psychoanalysis, the memory of an unacceptable but tolerable experience that unconsciously serves the purpose of concealing the memory of an associated experience that is more significant but emotionally more difficult to recall.
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