Defense Mechanisms
Updated: 7/7/2020
Defense Mechanisms
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  • Name: Joey See, Instructor: John PolandThis is Nathan, a soccer player.
  • Nathan has just lost a game of soccer, and is now in denial, claiming loudly that he and his team didn't lose and the ref was biased.
  • As Nathan goes home for the night, he angrily kicks his soccer ball. Nathan uses displacement here to take out his anger over the game on the soccer ball.
  • The day after, at the gym, Nathan takes out his aggressive urges on weights and exercise. He uses sublimation to take his anger over the game out on his exercise/training.
  • In class, bored by the lecture, Nathan tells himself that the loss was fine, that the team can make state anyways. Here Nathan uses rationalization to deal with his anger.
  • Back on the field for practice in the evening, Nathan acts happy and cheerful, although he is still bitter and angry over the game, using reaction formation to handle his persistent anger.
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