Defense Mechanism Project

Defense Mechanism Project
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  • Repression
  • Does it bother you that your mom kicked you out?
  • Nope! Haven't even thought about it.
  • Projection
  • They think they're better than everyone! Well fine. If they hate me, I hate them!
  • I wish she wanted to be our friend...
  • Denial
  • No I don't! I'm fine!
  • Unfortunately, due to your injury... you'll have to stop running.
  • Pushing thoughts out of conscious awareness. Ex: she definitely minds being kicked out but she's pushing her feelings away to convince herself she doesn't care.
  • Regression
  • Believing that the feelings one has toward someone else are actually held by the other person and directed at oneself. Ex: The two girls want to be friends with the other, but she doesn't like them because she assumes they don't like her.
  • Rationalization
  • College Interviews Today 4:30-6:30
  • WELL THANK GOD. I DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO GO HERE ANYWAY!
  • Not accepting the ego-threatening truth. Ex: the girl is obviously injured and the doctor is telling her she has to stop running but she refuses to believe that.
  • Sublimation
  • I'm really sad that I'm out for the rest of the season but at least now I'll have more time for my school work!
  • Returning to an earlier, comforting form of behavior. Ex: she's nervous about her first day of high school, so she subconsciously starts sucking her thumb, like a child would do for comfort.
  • So.. first day of high school huh?
  • um yeah... why are you sucking your thumb?
  • Coming up with a beneficial result of an undesirable occurrence. Ex: Connor didn't do well enough to get into college, but he rationalizes it by saying he never wanted to get in anyway.
  • I'm sorry to tell you this Connor but your grades are just not Harvard material.
  • Channeling one's frustration toward a different goal. Ex: after getting injured, she's upset she can't play anymore, but decides to use her new free time to improve her school work.
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