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Compensation
Covering up a real or perceived weakness by emphasizing a trait one considers more desirable.
Denial
Refusing to acknowledge the existence of a real situation or the feelings associated with it. (Global situation:death, chemical dependance, illness/disease; not small issue like repression)
Displacement
The transfer of feelings from one target to another that is considered less threatening or that is neutral. (Cat-Kicking)
Identification
An attempt to increase self-worth by acquiring certain attributes and characteristics of an individual one admires. (looking like rockstar)
Intellectualization
An attempt to avoid expressing actual emotions associated with a stressful situation by using the intellectual processes of logic, reasoning, and analysis.
Introjection
Integrating the beliefs and values of another individual into one’s own ego structure. (mimicing values and beliefs)
Isolation
Separating a thought or memory from the feeling tone or emotion associated with it. (emotional seperation from memory)
Projection
Attributing feelings or impulses unacceptable to one’s self to another person.
Rationalization
Attempting to make excuses or formulate logical reasons to justify unacceptable feelings or behaviors. (Plausible Excuse)
Reaction Formation
Preventing unacceptable or undesirable thoughts or behaviors from being expressed by exaggerating opposite thoughts or types of behaviors.
Repression
Involuntarily blocking unpleasant feelings and experiences from one’s awareness. (Smaller issue not global like denial)
Sublimation
Rechanneling of drives or impulses that are personally or socially unacceptable into activities that are constructive.
Suppression
The voluntary blocking of unpleasant feelings and experiences from one’s awareness.
Undoing
Symbolically negating or canceling out an experience that one finds intolerable.
Regression
When 2 year-old Jay is hospitalized for tonsillitis he will drink only from a bottle, although his mother states he has been drinking from a cup for 6 months. (previous level of functioning)