I am not jealous, you stare at my boyfriend all the time!
You are jealous of my boyfriend!!
It's okay because now I can focus on school work
I'm sorry you didn't get into the school play
Denial is the act of not accepting the ego-threatening truth. For example, denying the fact that a loved one is hurt.
I am so sad that she broke up with me, I wont be able to sleep.
Projection is believing that the feelings one has toward someone else are actually held by the other person and directed at oneself. For example, a girl will accuse another girl of being jealous of her boyfriend when she is the actual jealous one
I am so stressed that i have to file all of those papers by tomorrow
Rationalization is coming up with a beneficial result of an undesirable occurrence. For example, somebody not getting into the school play but now being able to focus on school work.
I miss being the only child
Are you excited about your new baby brother?
Regression is returning to an earlier, comforting form of behavior. For example, a teenager asking his mother to sing him to sleep as his mom did when he was sad as a child.
Please, that always made me feel better and stop crying.
How about I sing to you like I did when you were younger?
Displacement is redirecting one's feelings toward another person or object. For example, a stressed mother taking it out on her kids.
I AM TIRED OF COOKING FOR YOU
What are we having for dinner?
Reaction Formation is expressing the opposite of how one truly feels. For example, a child pretending to be happy about a new sibling when in reality, they want to be the only child.