Running really helped me relieve the anger I felt due to my breakup!
I don't understand... but my toy from when I was younger makes me feel better.
Sublimation is channeling one’s frustration toward a different goal. This is viewed as a particularly healthy defense mechanism. For example, you are angry that you and your boyfriend broke up, so you take up running to release some of this negative energy. Your new goal of running is beneficial to your physical health.
*in a whisper No, I feel great!
Displacement is the act of redirecting one’s feelings toward another person or object. For example, you are enraged by an argument that you had with your mother. Rather than yelling at her or inflicting harm upon her, you slam the door, still releasing your rage.
I’m sorry to tell you this, but you’re very ill...
Regression is returning to an earlier, comforting form of behavior. For example, you are feeling frustrated because you don’t understand your math test. In an effort to ease this feeling, you hold an object that reminds you of your childhood for comfort.
I’m not mad, you are!
Reaction Formation is the action of expressing the opposite of how one truly feels. For example, you are presenting a project in front of your English class and are petrified. Rather than admitting your fear, you announce to everyone that you are excited to speak at the front of the room. You are feigning the confidence that you do not truly feel.
Are you nervous to present in front of all of us?
Denial is the process of not accepting the ego-threatening truth. For example, you have been diagnosed with a fatal illness and rather than acknowledging this and facing the mental repercussions, you refuse to accept this fact.
No I’m not!!!!!!!!
Projection is believing that the feelings one has toward someone else are actually held by the other person and are directed at oneself. For example, you are mad at someone, but rather than accepting and confronting these feelings, you convince yourself that they are mad at you.