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A mental block is either a repression of painful thoughts, or an inability to continue a train of thought, as in the case of writer's block. A similar phenomenon occurs when one cannot solve a problem in mathematics which one would normally consider simple. In the case of writer's block, many find it helpful to take a break and revisit their topic. Another tactic that is used when people with mental blocks are learning new information is repetition. Mental blocks can be caused by physical disabilities or simply a lack of focus. Mental blocks are also often used to describe a temporary inability to recall a name or other information. A sudden cessation of speech or a thought process without an immediate observable cause, sometimes considered a consequence of repression.
Academic block is a term describing the phenomenon in which a student feels unable to succeed at a subject matter because of the student's past experiences.
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