Defense Mechanisms

Defense Mechanisms

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  • Repression
  • I don't remember how I got this but it definitely wasn't my dad. He's the most loving and gentle person.
  • Oh my god that's a nasty bruise... did your dad do it again? You need to report him... I'm worried for you.
  • Intellectualization
  • Okay, now that he's moved out, I gotta calculate my rent, food expenses, water bill...
  • Rationalization
  • I'm only smoking because it helps me socialize.
  • Repression is when one attempts to exclude their desires and impulses toward from one's consciousness or subdue them in the unconscious. For example, even when one has an abusive parent, they still see that parent as loving and gentle.
  • Displacement
  • Hey, I know my girlfriend just broke up with me, but I'd still like to ask you if you'd go on a date with me?
  • Intellectualization is when one uses reasoning to block confrontation with an unconscious conflict and its associated emotional stress. For example, when one's roommate suddenly decides to move out, they conduct a financial analysis about living costs now that they're living alone.
  • Reaction Formation
  • Oh look babe, they look kinda cute. Too bad they're the digusting gay couple. Ugh, I hope you know you guys are gross, you freaks!
  • Rationalization is when one justifies their behavior through a logical manner to avoid the true explanation. For example, when one is addicted to smoking, they may justify their behavior by saying that they're doing it to be social.
  • Projection
  • Displacement is when one's mind substitutes either a new aim or a new object for goals felt in their original form to be dangerous or unacceptable. For example, one who has been rejected by their significant other may date another person in a rebound relationship.
  • Reaction formation is when one's emotions and impulses which are anxiety-producing or perceived to be unacceptable are mastered through directly opposite actions. For example, one who is attracted to the same sex but has learned that homosexuality is wrong may openly engage in promiscuous heterosexual affairs and criticize same-sex couples.
  • What the hell is wrong with you?!
  • Projection is when one defends against unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, one may not have the confidence in their abilities and say that it's other people that aren't skilled enough.
  • Nobody wants me on their team, but that's fine by me. They aren't good enough anyways.
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