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Coping Mechanisms

Terms from Ch 5 on Homeostatsis, Adaptation, and Stress

TermDefinition
Repression Forgetting about the stressor
Suppression Purposely avoiding thinking about a stressor
Denial Rejecting information
Rationalization Relieving oneself of personal accountability by attributing responsibility to someone or something else.
Displacement Taking anger out on something or someone else who is less likely to retaliate
Regression Behaving in a manner that is characteristic of a much younger age
Projection Attributing that which is unacceptable in oneself onto another
Somatization Manifesting emotional stress through a physical disorder
Compensation Excelling at something to make up for a weakness of another kind.
Sublimation Channeling one's energies into acceptable alternative
Reaction formation Acting just the opposite of one's feelings
Identification Taking on the characteristics of another
Created by: Jessica Venyke