Defense Mechanisms

Defense Mechanisms
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  • Reaction Formation
  • Great! I'm done ruling this kingdom! I hate being a princess.
  • Your Highness, we've lost the village of Denmark in the war. It looks like our enemies might succeed.
  • Repression
  • What? Oh I forgot we were stranded, I've been practicing my cheer routine.
  • Why aren't you trying to help get us off this ice slab???
  • Regression
  • Sam you're going to have to climb down from there! I can't come and get you!
  • I can't do this! I think i'll just suck on my thumb.
  • Expressing the opposite of how one truly feels The Princess, after receiving bad news, pretends that she didn't want to hold onto her kingdom anyways.
  • Displacement
  • You're such a bad friend! I can't believe you told the waitress I don't like lettuce! How am I supposed to trust you?
  • Pushing thoughts out of conscious awareness. Sally doesn't want to accept that they've been stranded, so she focused on something else to avoid thinking about it.
  • Projection
  • I know you think it's all my fault we're stuck here! 
  • Returning to an earlier, comforting form of behavior. Eight year old Sam gets scared when shes stuck on the roof and begins to sucks her thumb.
  • Denial
  • NO! I'm perfectly fine, I can get down all on my own!
  • Redirecting one's feelings toward another person or object. Jenny, upset and distrusting towards her boyfriend, displaces her anger onto Maddie, one of her friends.
  • Wow, is Jenny still mad her boyfriend cheated on her? She seems to be upset at Maddie for no reason.
  • Believing that the feelings one has toward someone else are actually held by the other person and directed at oneself. Even though she thinks Joe is the reason they're stuck on the moon, Sandy uses projection to cope, saying that Joe blames her.
  • What are you talking about?? I'm the one who set the spaceship on fire!
  • Not accepting the ego-threatening truth. Maurice denies that he needs help from the flapper, even though there are tons of obstacles and he most likely needs her help.
  • Hey, do you need help down from there?
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