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Recent empirical work indicates that reduced autobiographical memory specificity can act as an avoidant processing style. By truncating the memory search before specific elements of traumatic memories are accessed, one can ward off the affective impact of negative reminiscences. This avoidant processing style can be viewed as an instance of what Erdelyi describes as the "subtractive" class of repressive processes.

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X06329111

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Publication Date

01/12/2006

Volume

29