screen memory

noun Psychoanalysis.
a childhood memory, perhaps recalled falsely, that screens out a more distressing recollection.

Origin:
1920–25

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screen memory
 
n
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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screen memory n.
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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Screen memory that brings the user back to the last screen entries.
The screen buffer is copied to the current screen memory, and the screen memory is copied to your monitor's pixels.
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