The terms repressed memory and recovered memory gained popularity in the mid-1980’s along with the Multiple Personality Disorder diagnosis. As a result, these terms are still strongly associated with Dissociative Identity Disorder (the replacement label for MPD in the United States since 1994). They’re also strongly associated with unethical therapeutic practices, false memories of abuse, and lives destroyed by both. And while those associations have merit, repressed/recovered memories aren’t generally as dramatic and rare as their inflammatory connotations suggest. On the contrary, they’re usually rather boring. And they’re not rare at all. In fact, if you are a living human being, chances are very good that you’ve experienced the dynamic popularly known as repressed/recovered memory.