definition: not accepting the ego-threatening truth description: He still wants to play baseball, so he doesn't believe that he broke his arm. Even when the doctor told him so.
definition: basic defense mechanism that banishes from conscious anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories description: She doesn't remember the time where she messed up her lines for a school play. She repressed that memory, because of how much that scarred her.
definition: believing that the feelings one has toward someone else are actually held by the other person and directed at oneself description: His favorite teacher is Mrs. Heinrichs, but he denies it and says she said that he's the best student. He doesn't want to admit, so he uses the teacher's opinion instead.
Why are you acting like you're in middle school?!! You have to start doing your homework...
definition: expressing the opposite of how one truly feels description: He's telling the girl he likes that he finds her annoying. He doesn't want to admit how he truly feels, so he does the opposite.
hey.... you're annoying :)
definition: redirecting one's feelings toward another person or object description: She's yelling at her mom to let out anger from her fight with her friend. She's redirecting the anger toward her friend n her mom.
definition: returning to an earlier, comforting form of behavior description: From the stress of high school, he is going back to his middle school, trying to feel comfort. He's being irresponsible like he was in middle school to try to cope the stress of high school.