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Defense Mechanisms

Mental Health Defense Mechanisms

Denial Unconscious refusal to see reality
Repression An unconscious "burying" or "forgetting" mechanism
Dissociation Painful events are separated from the conscious mind; An out of body experience
Rationalization Use of a logical-sounding excuse to cover up true thoughts and feelings; no responsibility
Compensation Making up for something we perceive as an inadequacy by developing some other desirable trait
Reaction Formation (Overcompensation) Making up for an inadequacy by developing the exact opposite trait; "fake bitch"
Regression Emotionally returning to an earlier time in life when there was far less stress or when the person felt safe
Sublimation Unacceptable traits or characteristics are diverted into acceptable traits or characteristics
Projection (scapegoating) Blaming others; a mental or verbal "finger-pointing" at another for the problem
Displacement (transference) Transferring anger and hostility to another person or object that is perceived to be less powerful; "kick the dog syndrome"
Restitution (undoing) Makes amends for a behavior one thinks is unacceptable; makes an attempt at reducing guilt
Conversion reaction Anxiety is channeled into physical symptoms; the symptoms disappear soon after the threat is over
Avoidance Unconsciously staying away from events or situations that might open feelings of aggression or anxiety
Created by: Pickles74 on 2008-11-08

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