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Keeping unacceptable impulses one has or wishes from conscious awareness
Repression
Not accepting a painful reality into conscious awareness
Denial
Attributing to someone else one's own unacceptable thoughts or feelings
Projection
Redirecting emotional responses from their real target to someone else
Displacement
Converting an unacceptable feeling into its opposite
Reaction Formation
Retreating to the behavioral patterns of an earlier stage of development
Regression
Offering acceptable reasons for an unacceptable action or attitude
Rationalization
Converting unacceptable aggressive or sexual impulses into socially valued behaviors
Sublimation
A professor starting a lecture she dreaded giving says, "In conclusion"
Repression
A victim of childhood abuse does not acknowledge it as an adult
Denial
A man who hates members of racial group believes that it is they who dislike him
Projection
A child gets mad at her brother but instead acts angrily towards her friend
Displacement
A person with sexual feelings toward children leads a campaign against child sexual abuse
Reaction Formation
An adolescent dealing with unacceptable feelings of social inadequacy might attempt to mask those feelings by seeking oral gratification
Regression
A parent berates a child out of impatience, then indicates that she did so to "build character."
Rationalization
Someone who has aggressive feelings toward his father becomes a surgeon
Sublimation
A strategy used by the ego to protect itself from anxiety.
Defense Mechanism
This defense mechanism is thought to be one of the most important. This process pushes impulses and thoughts unacceptable to the ego into the unconsciousness.
Repression