Defense Mechanisms

Defense Mechanisms

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  • Projection
  • Angela has such pretty earrings!
  • I know right!
  • They hate my earrings
  • Repression
  • I don't remember anything.
  • What do you remember about the accident?
  • Oh no!
  • Displacement
  • Take all your anger out on the ball
  • Angela just got new earring, and doesn't like them herself. She believes that her classmates also do not like them. Definition:Believing that the feelings one has toward someone else are actually held by the other person  and directed at oneself
  • Sublimation
  • Even though I couldn't save our sister, now I can help save others.
  • In the aftermath of Linda's accident, she reveals that she does not remember the traumatic event. Definition:Pushing thoughts out of conscious awareness
  • Reaction Formation
  • This is great music
  • Andrew got into a fight with his girlfriend before his game. He believes if he takes his anger out on the ball, he will have enough power behind it  to make the goal. Definition:Redirecting one's feelings toward another person or object
  • Rationaliztion
  • David shares with his brother, James, the reason he became a doctor. Definition:Channeling one's frustration toward a different goal
  • I am so proud of you!
  • Alice thought the music they were playing was amazing, until Brad said he thought it was awful. Alice immediately agreed with him. Definition: Expressing the opposite of how one truly feels
  • Yeah it's awful
  • Isn't this music terrible
  • The other teams bus had broken down, so they could not make it to their game, so the Hills High team decided to practice instead. Definition:Coming up with a beneficial result of an undesirable occurrance.
  • I'm happy that even though the other team couldn't come to the game, we could still practice.
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