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defense

common defense mechanisms

TermDefinition
apathy indifference; a lack of interest, feeling, concern or emotion.
compensation a method of balancing a failure or inadequacy with and accomplishment.
conversion transformation of an anxiety into a physical symptom that has no cause
denial avoidance of unpleasant or anxiety provoking situations or ideas by rejecting them or ignoring their existence
displacement the redirection of emotions away from its original subject or object onto another less threatening subject or object
dissociation a disconnection of emotional importance from ideas or events and compartmentalizing those emotions in different parts of awareness.
identification the attribution of characteristics of someone else to oneself or the imitation of another
intellectualization analysis of a situation with facts and not emotions
introjection adoption of the thoughts or feelings of others
physical avoidance keeping away from any person, place, or object that evokes memories of something unpleasant.
projection the transference of a persons unpleasant ideas and emotions onto someone or something else.
rationalization an explanation that makes something negative or unacceptable seem justifiable or acceptable
reaction formation belief in expression of the opposite of ones true feelings
regression the reversion to an earlier, more childlike, developmental behavior
repression the elimination of unpleasant emotions, desires, or problems from the conscious mind
sarcasm the use of words that have the opposite meaning especially to be funny, insulting, or irritating
sublimation rechanneling unacceptable urges or drives into something constructive or acceptable
suppression voluntary blocking of an unpleasant experience from ones awareness
undoing cancelling out an unacceptable behavior with a symbolic gesture
verbal aggression a verbal attack on a person without addressing the original intent of the conversation
Created by: elshalance
 

 



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