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person makes up for a real weakness by emphasizing an asset of theirs
A physically handicapped boy is unable to participate in football, so he compensates by becoming a great scholar.
Refusing to acknowledge the existence of a real situation or the significance of it
a man who drinks alcohol every day, and cannot stop, fails to acknowledge that he has a problem
the shift of feelings from one target to another that is less threatening
a husband may be angry at his supervisor at work but picks a fight with his wife when he arrives home from work
The separation of a group of mental or behavioral processes from the rest of the person's consciousness
a woman is brought to an emergency room and is unable to explain who she is
person attempts to acquire certain thoughts, mannerisms or tastes of someone they admire in order to increase their own self-worth
A teenage girl has he hair styled similar to Miss America and takes up tennis, a sport in which Miss America excels
an attempt to avoid experiencing disturbing feelings by using the intellectual processes of logic, reasoning and analysis
a person who has just been diagnosed with cancer carefully explains the pathophysiological processes of cancer to his parents and children
intense form of identification in which a person incorporates characteristics or values of another person or group into his own ego structure. Incorporation, another defense mechanism, is an even more intense form of identification when one takes on whole aspects of a person
Children integrate their parents' value system i. A child says to a friend, "Don't cheat. It's wrong."
separating a though or memory from feelings or emotions associated with it
A woman describes being raped without showing any emotion.
attributing one's thoughts or impulses to another person. Through this process one can attribute intolerable wishes, feelings or motivations to another person
a woman who denies she has sexual feelings towards her son's coach accuses the coach of flirting with her and tells others he is trying to seduce her
making excuses to justify unacceptable impulses feelings, behaviors or motives
Mary tells her friends that she drinks alcohol because it is the only way she can deal with her controlling husband
preventing undesirable thoughts or behaviors expressing it by exaggerating opposite thoughts or behaviors
reaction formation example
a married woman who feels attracted to her minister treats him very rudely
retreating in response to stress to behaviors characteristic of an earlier stage of development
a two-year old who has been drinking from a cup insists on drinking from the bottle again after his newborn baby sister is brought home from the hospital
involuntary exclusion of a painful thought, memory or impulse from conscious awareness (MOST BASIC defense mechanism)
a husband does not remember hitting his wife when she was pregnant
Viewing persons or situations as all good or all bad. Failing to integrate the positive and negative characteristics of oneself.
a co-worker tells you that you are such a wonderful person one day, and when you disagree with her ideas the next day, she tells you that she dislikes you intensely.
rechanneling of drives or impulses that are personally or socially unacceptable into activities that are constructive
a woman channels her rage for a rapist by developing a program to teach other women how to protect themselves from rape
a process often considered a defense mechanism but is actually the conscious counterpart of repression. It is a voluntary blockage of feelings and experiences from one's mind.
a fire fighter, while on his way to a raging fire, is told that his wife is having an affair. He says "I can't think about that now."
an act of communication that symbolically negates or cancels out a previous behavior that the person finds intolerable
sam has an affair while his wife is on a business trip. On her return, he buys her four dozen roses and makes love to her immediately
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