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Freud Defense Mechanisms
Updated: 2/20/2019
Freud Defense Mechanisms
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  • Sublimation is satisfying an impulse with a substitute, in a socially acceptable way. EX: Someone unleashing aggression through boxing.
  • I'm going to beat her up.
  • Oh yeah?
  • Denial is blocking external events from one's awareness. The person refuses to experience a situation if it's too much to handle. EX: A smoker can't admit smoking is bad for their health.
  • Daddy, why won't you quit smoking? It's bad for you.
  • I'm fine, honey. It just helps me calm down. Nothing to worry about.
  • Regression is moving back in psychological time when one is faced with stress. EX: A college student so stressed out and missing home that they revert to sleeping with their childhood teddy bear.
  • This is too much. I just want to go home.
  • Displacement is satisfying an impulse with a substitute object. EX: Someone placing their anger, directed at their boss, on their house plant.
  • You're the stupidest plant I've ever met in my life! Why are you in charge?
  • An individual attributes their own unacceptable thoughts, feelings, or motives onto another person. EX: Someone clearly freaking out over water damage, but believing their spouse is freaking out instead.
  • Honey, I just don't understand why you're freaking out right now.
  • I'm not...
  • An individual overachieving in one area of their life to compensate for failures in another area. EX: A student working extra hard for good math grades when they have stage fright as a member of the drama club.
  • oh no oh no oh no
  • I got this!
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