A very provocative question. It is a hot topic in the field of Psychology. I’m going to voice my opinion on this one. First the ability to repress trauma is a gift. It gives someone that had suffered a trauma and/or abuse a way away from reality. Their reality was traumatic. If the abuse stopped for whatever reason, the individual very likely will temporarily “forget” the darkest most painful part of the abuse. Giving them a chance to live a more normal existence for a time. Here’s the kicker. It’s still with them. It will always be there.
It’s very much like a boiling pot that was placed on the back burner. Just because the abuse has stopped does not mean the damage is not there. Some abuse victims end up being abusers themselves or they form a pattern with one abusive relationship after another. I saw this in case files when I worked at the Prosecutor’s office.
So the question is: is it wise to help unlock the repressed memories? I am going to answer this question with a question. How do you conquer something if you do not face it head on?
If one is inflicting damage to themselves, spiraling out of control, they must face the issue head on. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s going to be damn hard. It’s never easy discussing things that caused great pain. But if they do not get it out, it will continue to poison them.
Let go and let God!