mental block

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mental block an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension "I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"
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Usage

In literature:

You have a mental block.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
Here a nail, there a block or lever, shaped out mentally by the touch, theorized, studied upon and thrown down.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
Her face was unreadable; her mental block was at its fullest force.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
As the imposed mental blocks fell away, he remembered who Banasel and Lanko were.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
Otherwise some particular episode might cause undue mental stress, and set up a block.
"Monkey On His Back" by Charles V. De Vet
And we must also accept that they have some means of creating a mental block by remote control.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
But he found the girl a mental block to all thoughts of open, pitched battle on the shadowy, moonsilvered slopes.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
She had developed a mental block that her mind was using to shield her psyche from the horror of that evening.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
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In news:

A device that would free you, if only momentarily, from your mindsets, from your prejudices, from the mental blocks to creativity.
Sometimes we get a mental block at this time of the year and the thought of bundling up and facing those cold temperatures is sufficient to keep us in a nearly hibernating mental state.
I have a mental block of the impenetrable kind.
It was the Hoover Dam of mental blocks.
Mental Blocks, Creativity, Perpetual Trance , and the Art of Getting Unstuck, Part 3: The Positive Flow.
Creativity, Mental Blocks, and Perpetual Trance .
"Mental Block 001," by Tullio DeSantis, digital image, 2010.
Mental Blocks, Creativity, Perpetual Trance, and the Art of Getting Unstuck , Part 3: The Positive Flow.
Mental Blocks and the Art of Getting Unstuck , Part 1: Being Stuck.
Frederick police officers were called to the 400 block of North Bentz Street at about 5:45 pm Wednesday for a report of a mentally unstable person.
His attorneys had tried to block the execution by arguing that he was mentally ill.
His attorneys had tried to block the execution by arguing that he was mentally ill, but federal courts declined to intercede.
Pardo's attorneys are trying to block his execution , arguing in federal appeals that he is mentally ill, something his trial attorney believed more than two decades ago.
In a case watched by national anti-abortion organizations, a Nevada couple is trying to block a judge from holding hearings that it fears could result in the termination of their mentally disabled daughter's pregnancy.
RENO, Nev .—In a case watched by national anti-abortion organizations, a Nevada couple is trying to block a judge from holding hearings that it fears could result in the termination of their mentally disabled daughter's pregnancy.
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In science:

It seems that one of the conceptual difficulties lies in a sort of a mental block inclining us to use the Komogorovian probability calculus which is naturally related to characteristic functions, i.e. commuting pro jectors.
Bell inequality and complementarity loophole
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