Mental Health Defense Mechanisms
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Refusing to believe something that causes anxiety.
Making excuses for unacceptable behavior or feelings.
Believing that an unacceptable feeling of one's own belongs to someone else.
Conflicts turned into real physical symptoms.
Functioning at a more primitive developmental level than perviously; going back to an immature pattern of behavior.
Trying to reverse the effects of what one has done by doing the opposite.
Overestimating someone or valuing him or her more than the real personality and person seem to merit.
Adopting the habits or characteristics of another person.
Unacceptable wishes channeled into socially acceptable activities.
A realistic goal or object substitued for one that cannot be achieved.
Efforts to make up for personal deficits; this can also be a conscious effort.
A self-isolating patient in a work group says that other patients wont talk to him.
A teenager says he didnt do his homework because he didnt have the right kind of paper.
A girl with poor coordination gets a migraine headache when it is time for volleyball.
A 7-year old child who is hospitalized for major surgery begins to walk on tiptoes and suck his thumb.
A patient accuses the therapist of trying to run his life. Later he brings her flowers.
A woman says that the group leader is the most handsome and kindest man in the world.
A teenage girl begins to wear her hair just like her therapist does.
A child who wants to cut things up to see how they work grows up to become a surgeon.
A young man fails the examination for the police department, then takes a job as a security guard.
A woman, blind from birth, learns to travel withot a cane or any other aid.
A mother plans for her child who is mentally retarded to be a doctor.