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Crews argues reasonably against the presumed therapeutic benefits of unearthing and "abreacting" all traumatic experiences, and trenchantly analyzes the shortcomings of the Freudian concept of repression, which authorizes the irresponsible assertion that the lack of memory for trauma is itself evidence of trauma.
The whole doctrine of repentance really hinges on this question of abreacting painful or wrongful experience instead of repressing it.