Dissociative reaction is somewhat different--it can refer to a state of mind wherein one knows something to be true or have happened, or may be happening in front of us, such as hearing about or witnessing terrible things, but we react emotionally or intellectually as though what happened was unreal or had not occurred. Dissociative reactions occur when people are threatened in some way by knowing about what has or is occurring. We often refer to these reactions as denial. In relation to collective trauma we often see collective dissociation. However knowledge or emotions that have been denied, repressed, split off, or dissociated can be retrieved, acknowledged and integrated into consciousness and the self.
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