Sublimation is when a person takes their bad unconscious desires and acts on them in a socially acceptable way. For example, a pyromaniac may work on a special effects crew where he can make fires.
It's okay that my boyfriend's holding hands with her. They're just friends.
Reaction formation is when an unacceptable impulse is acted on in its opposite form. For example, someone who has a crush on someone may act like they hate them their up their real feelings, because they know that the crush is bad.
You guys are jerks!
Projection is taking ones own negative urges and attributing them to other people. For example, the Egyptian god Set accusing the god Osiris of plotting against him, while it was Set who planned on killing Osiris.
I'm afraid you didn't get the promotion.
Denial is when someone won't acknowledge evidence of something painful to avoid facing the reality of it. For example, someone might ignore evidence of an affair because they want their relationship to work.
Displacement is when someone has an unconscious emotions from one situation that they act on in another, less threatening one. For example, a girl may have anger towards her boyfriend, but lash out at her friends.
Rationalization is when someone uses rational explanations to justify their behaviors. For example, if someone didn't get a promotion they were working for, they will tell themselves that they didn't want it in the first place.
That's fine. I don't think I was really ready for that kind of responsibility anyways