Is it possible that someone can have a really scary experience early in life and then forget all about it until it comes out during psychoanalysis years later?
Since so many things are "possible" I suppose it could happen but that's a far cry from saying that it ever does happen or that it happens with any degree of regularity. Despite that, it wasn't too long ago when there was much hoopla involving something called Recovered Memory Syndrome. Along with a few professionals, a whole slew of marginally qualified therapists and councilors came forward to treat this questionable condition. The basic plot involved a repressed memory of some traumatic event (almost always of a sexual nature) that was now causing whatever it was the patient had...or could be convinced they had. Many people were actually told that if they didn't remember being molested as a child, it was proof positive that they had been. Lawyers and law enforcement then joined the bandwagon and a full-fledged Witch-Hunt began.
Perhaps the most notorious case played out in California where kids from a preschool were badgered into concocting hair-raising tales of sexual shenanigans occurring between playtime and naptime. Three teachers were jailed and the building itself was eventually razed. But still not satisfied by a total lack of any legitimate evidence, some parents went so far as to dig up the grounds in a fruitless search for hidden caverns. Similarly sensational stories then cropped up all across the country; ensnaring fathers, grandfathers and even a few altogether befuddled grandmothers in the ever widening net of accusations and persecutions. Families were split asunder and reputations were ruined as relatives and next-door neighbors with lurid imaginations and scores to settle expressed their damming opinions.