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Repression is the motivated defense mechanism to forget emotionally threatening memories and or impulses as they may cause anxiety. Freud theorized we repress unhappy memories to prevent future pain or suffering they may occur. There are two stages of repression. In the first stage, primal repression it consist of denial of psychical representation of the instinct to the conscious. The second stage, repression proper creation of an ego and by censorship. We believe this an important important because, it can explain why we don't remember events that occurred prior to age three, infantile amnesia, and embarrassing events we do not want to remember.
I am a victim of repression. Repression has made my life easier to deal with because I am fairly pessimistic. Usually I think things through but in the spur of the moment I don't. When I do not think things through, often I act on impulse and do embarrassing things many which I do not want to remember. For instance, during middle school I have done some really embarrassing freaky dance moves during a dance battle that I am not proud of. Thinking about it gives me the shivers.
Is there a way to permanently remove memories or induce amnesia? How do we distinguish repression from denial when some memories are caused by a mixture of internal and external experiences?

Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

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Hoax/Claim: Dihydrogen monoxide is dangerous and should be banned.
Dihydrogen monoxide also known as water, H2O is "colorless, odorless, and tasteless" chemical compound that is essential to all organisms in our ecosystem. The human body is composed of 60% water and the human brain is composed of 70% water.
This article claims that dihydrogen monoxide killed thousands of people each year. Majority of those accidental deaths are cause by inhalation of the water in liquid state. In the solid state, water is also known as "ice" which can cause tissue damage. Dihydrogen monoxide is a major component of acid rain, contributes to global warming, greenhouse effect, can cause severe burns in its gaseous state, and much more.
All these statements are true and scientifically proven. All the claims against dihydrogen monoxide are true. Every year there are thousands of accidents where water is the main perpetrator, water cause many death by inhalation or drowning, it is a major component in not just acid rain but rain, and so much more. Hence, this claim is replicatable and there were extraordinary evidence proving this statement.
This hoax may have such a high impact on the readers due to the somatic marker theory. The somatic marker theory proposes that we use our "gut reactions" to help us determine how we should react. Dihydrogen monoxide sounds like very complicated word which sounds similar to the word carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is also a colorless, odorless, and tasteless compound if ingested, can cause death. Hence these characteristics should not be correlated and labeled as harmful compounds because dihydrogen monoxide is the key component of our biological composition and our survival.

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