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ALTRUISM
Coping with problems by meeting the needs of others.
Recieve gratification from the response of other people.
(After losing a loved one in a car accident, Lady helps other people who have lost loved ones)
SUBLIMATION
Only healthy defense mechansim.
Unconscious process of substituting acceptable activities for strong impulses, such as strong aggressiveness or sexual drives.
(Very violent man ends up becoming a football player or a butcher)
HUMOR
Dealing with emotional conflicts or stressors by emphasizing the amusing or ironic aspect of the stressor or conflict.
(Person falls and makes a joke about falling)
SUPPRESSION
Only defense mechanism that works on a conscious level.
Conscious removal from awareness of stressful situations or feeling.
(Putting off studying for anatomy for nursing test tommorow)
REPRESSION
Considered the first line of psychological defense.
Removing of unwanted or traumatic situations or experiences from the mind unconsciously.
(Forgetting the name of an ex-girlfriend)
DISPLACEMENT
Transfering of emotions recieved from a certain object or situation and directing it towards another person, object or situation that is less threatening.
(Boss yells at man, who yells at wife, who yells at son)
REACTION FORMATION(OVERCOMPENSATION)
Keeping unacceptable feelings or behaviors out of awareness by developing the opposite emotion or behavior.
(Person who hates kids, runs a daycare)
SOMATIZATION
Showing psychological stress through physical symptoms.
(Becoming sick after believing you will be sick)
UNDOING
Usually an act designed to reverse a previous act.
Make up for something that you did wrong.
(Bringing flowers to your ex-girlfriend, so you can start goin out again)
RATIONALIZATION
Form of self deception.
Justifying illogical or unreasonable ideas, actions, or feelings by making a satisfactory excuse.
("Everyone drinks and drives, why'd i get caught?")
PASSIVE AGGRESSION
Behavior that may seem to be passive, but is unconsciously motivated by by anger.
("Oops i forgot to bring in my presentation, oh well...")
Examples being, lateness, making mistakes, forgetting.
ACTING-OUT BEHAVIORS
Behaviors that originate unconsciously to relieve anxiety and tension.
Usually there is an observable response like, crying, violence, and anger.
("waaaa.....Denise punched me in the face....waaaaaaaa")
DISSOCIATION
Blocking of overwhelming anxiety unconsciously.
There is a disruption in the functions of consciousness and perception of the surroundings are different than what they should be.
(splitting off a very traumatic accident from the mind)
DEVALUATION
Emotional conflicts or stressors are dealt with negativity.
Usually attributing negative qualities to self or others.
(so what...the nobel prize means nothing, any fool can get that prize)
IDEALIZATION
Attributing of positive often exaggerated qualities to others.
Often this leads to dissapointment when the person they look up to turns out to be just a regular person.
(See a person as the best person, then you live with them and then you want to kill them.)
SPLITTING
Primitive defense mechanism.
Person only sees self or others as "All Good" or "All Bad".
("Your a worthless #@!$ing ^&*hole!")
PROJECTION
Unconsciously attributing one's own intolerable wishes, emotions and beliefs to other people or persons.
("It's all your fault!")
DENIAL
Not accepting the truth of a matter.
Ignoring the existence of unpleasant realities.
("Theres no way I can be the father")
REGRESSION
Reverting to an earlier often immature way of behaving, when faced with overwhelming anxiety.
(Sucking on your thumb when your faced with stress)
CONVERSION
Anxiety is expressed as a physical symptom that has no organic cause.
(You become paralyzed when Father says hes taking your car away)
IDENTIFICATION
Unconsciously assuming thoughts, mannerisms, or behavior of a person or group to decrease anxiety.
("The neighborhood pimp is my hero")
INTROJECTION
Process by which a person takes into their personality qualities of another person or group with whom there is a great connection.
(Man starts to have the same symptoms his wife had before she died)
MOST HEALTHY DEFENSES
Altruism. Sublimation. Humor. Suppression
INTERMEDIATE DEFENSES
Repression. Displacement. Reaction Formation. Somatization. Undoing. Rationalization.
IMMATURE DEFENSES
Passive Aggression. Acting-out Behaviors. Dissociation. Devaluation. Idealization. Splitting. Projection. Denial