Dissociation (psychology)  

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Dissociation is a state of acute mental decompensation in which certain thoughts, emotions, sensations, and/or memories are compartmentalized, diagnosed mostly in individuals who have suffered from a severe trauma or series of traumas.Two examples of severe trauma that can cause dissociation are rape and combat situations where you feel sure that you are going to die. Rather than allow your mind to memorize the horrific event the mind "dissociates" and does not include the memory of the trauma into the common memory. Often these memories can be recovered from the subconscious by the use of hypnosis.

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