defense mechanisms

defense mechanisms

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  • Repression
  • *internal thought* I'm in so much pain!
  • I'm so glad we had a baby boy! Let's have more kids!
  • Denial
  • You need to stop shopping every  time you get upset! It's a problem!
  •  Stop saying that! I don't have a problem!
  • Displacement
  • *internal thought* I can't believe that the boss yelled at me!
  • Why haven't you done any chores? You're so lazy!
  • I didn't do anything wrong!
  • Repression involves pushing thoughts out of conscious awareness. For example, a woman will 'forget' (repress) the pain of childbirth in order to have more kids.
  • Projection
  • You're jealous that I have more friends than you!
  • What? I'm not jealous of you.
  • Denial involves not accepting the ego-threatening truth. For example, a person may deny having a shopping addiction after their spouse confronts them about it.
  • Reaction Formation
  • I'm fine. I got over it.
  • How do feel about your break up?
  • Displacement involves redirecting one's feelings toward another person or object. For example, a parent may take out the stress from their job on their child.
  • Regression
  • Mom, you're too old for teddy bears!
  • Projection involves believing that the feelings one attributes towards another is actually held by the other person and directed at oneself. For example, someone might think that another student is jealous of them solely because they are jealous of that other student.
  • Reaction Formation involves expressing the opposite of how one truly feels. For example, one might lie that they feel okay after a sad breakup.
  • Regression involves returning to an earlier, comforting form of behavior. For example, an adult might hug their childhood toy for comfort, even though they have outgrown it.
  • *internal thought* I can't believe my husband yelled at me!
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