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  • Sublimation
  • This gym grind is about to be amazing! 
  • I cant believe I just failed that test... 
  • Displacement
  • This class is so hard!
  • That's for looking at me funny!
  • But I wasn't!
  • Repression
  • Worries: 1) School 2) Work 3) Relationships
  • Wow i really needed this, not a worry in the world!
  • Sublimation is the defense mechanism in which socially unacceptable impulses are transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior. It is exhibited here as someone had frustration after failing a test, and redirected the energy into working out, as it is more socially acceptable than complaining.
  • Projection
  • You're upset because I burnt the burgers aren't you!
  • Displacement is the action of redirecting anger to someone or something, avoiding facing the person or event that caused the emotion initially. This is usually to get your anger out without confronting the situation because it is either embarrassing or dangerous. As seen above, the boy redirects his anger from stressing over schoolwork to knocking down a classmate.
  • Denial
  • I saw you!!
  • I didn't cheat on you!
  • Repression describes the action of pushing one's negative emotions out of the conscious mind, hoping to alleviate the stress related to the emotions. Repression is apparent above as the boy goes on vacation to escape stress from home and only thinks of pleasurable possibilities. 
  • Rationalization
  • Oh no don't worry, I don't need that much sleep! My doctor said to stay active.
  • I wish my parents would still be together...
  • You know.. you should really go home and sleep, you haven't slept in days!
  • Projection is the defense mechanism where somebody attributes their own feelings toward someone else in order to make the feeling appear more common and acceptable to the person who felt it initially. This is exhibited above as a boy is upset because he burnt food and feels dissapointed so he attributes the negative emotion to the girl.
  • No, I'm really not...
  • Denial is the defense mechanism in which the action in context is conscious and known, but it is persistently rejected by he who faces the conflict. Depicted above, the girl denies cheating on her boyfriend even though he saw it happen. The girl knows that it is true yet continues to refute the possibility of acceptance.  
  • Rationalization is a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true explanation. Above, the boy is out late at a party while sleep deprived, and makes an excuse to avoid confrontation with the reason he hasn't slept and goes to a lot of parties instead.
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