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Name the Ego Defense Mechanisms

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Description or Example
Defense Mechanism
Covering up a real or perceived weakness by emphasizing a trait one considers more desirable is?   Compensation  
Refusing to acknowledge the existence of a real situation or the feelings associated with it is?   Denial  
The transfer of feelings from one target to another that is considered less threatening or that is neutral is?   Displacement  
An attempt to increase self-worth by acquiring certain attributes and characteristics of an individual one admires is?   Identification  
An attempt to avoid expressing actual emotions associated with a stressful situation by using intellectual processes of logic, reasoning, and analysis is?   Intellectualization  
Integrating the beliefs and values of another individual into one’s own ego structure is?   Introjection  
Separating a thought or memory from the feeling tone or emotion associated with it is?   Isolation  
Attributing feelings or impulses unacceptable to one’s self to another person is?   Projection  
Attempting to make excuses or formulate logical reasons to justify unacceptable feelings or behaviors is?   Rationalization  
Preventing unacceptable or undesirable thoughts or behaviors from being expressed by exaggerating opposite thoughts or types of behaviors is?   Reaction formation  
Responding to stress by retreating to an earlier level of development and the comfort measures associated with that level of functioning is?   Regression  
Involuntarily blocking unpleasant feelings and experiences from one’s awareness is?   Repression  
Rechanneling of drives or impulses that are personally or socically unacceptable into activities that are constructive is?   Sublimation  
The voluntary blocking of unpleasant feelings and experiences from one’s awareness is?   Suppression  
Symbolically negating or canceling out an experience that one finds intolerable is?   Undoing  
A physically handicapped boy becomes a great scholar. This is an example of ______________?   Compensation  
A woman cannot stop taking cocaine every day and she fails to acknowledge she has a problem. This is an example of ______________?   Denial  
A client is angry with the doctor but does not tell him but becomes verbally abusive with the nurse. This is an example of ______________?   Displacement  
A young boy needing extensive rehabilitation becomes a physical therapist. This is an example of ______________?   Identification  
Susan’s husband is being transferred with his job to another city. She hides her anxiety by explaining to her parents the advantages of the move. This is an example of ______________?   Intellectualization  
A child says to a friend, “Don’t cheat. It’s wrong.” This is an example of __________?   Introjection  
A young woman describes being attacked and raped without showing any emotion This is an example of ______________?   Isolation  
Sue feels a strong sexual attraction to her track coach and tells her friend, “He’s coming on to me!” This is an example of _________?   Projection  
John tells the rehab nurse, “I drink because it’s the only way I can deal with my bad marriage and my worse job.” This is an example of ______________?   Rationalization  
Joe hates nursing. He attended nursing school to please his parents. He speaks to prospective students about the excellence of nursing as a career. This is an example of _________ ________?   Reaction formation  
When 2-yr-old Julie is hospitalized she will only drink from a bottle, although her mother states she has been drinking from a cup for 6 months This is an example of ______________?   Regression  
An accident victim can remember nothing about the accident. This is an example of ______________?   Repression  
A mother whose son was killed by a drunk driver channels her anger and energy into being the president of the local chapter of M.A.D.D. This is an example of ______________?   Sublimation  
Scarlett O’Hara says, “I don’t want to think about that now. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” This is an example of ______________?   Suppression  
Joe is anxious about work and yells at his wife. On the way home, he buys her chocolates. This is an example of ______________?   Undoing  


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