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repression
the rejection from consciousness of painful or shameful experiences. prevents unacceptable impulses or desires from reaching consciousness
denial
feelings, thoughts, or needs that causes anxiety are denied.
reaction formation
replaces the urges which are unacceptable to the ego by their opposites, i.e. hate becomes oversolicitude (obsessive disorders: aggressive impulses are replaced by their opposite)
rationalization
giving a socially acceptable reason to explain an unacceptable behavior or thought
projection
attributing unacceptable wishes to another; includes severe prejudice and hypervigilance (infantile)
displacement
transferring an emotion from the original idea or object to a more acceptable one, i.e. phobias
fixation
an individual becomes stuck in a stage of development that has been attained successfully and returns to that stage in response to life problems that become too difficult to cope with
sublimation
transformation of libidinal urges into socially acceptable interests and activities (mature)
projective identification
depositing unwanted aspects of self into another person such that the person feels at one with the object of projection. Usually, the person will exert some kind of pressure on another person to experience feelings similar to one's own
splitting
dividing external objects into "all good" or "all bad" accompanied by abrupt shifting from one extreme to another
intellectualization
involves the control of affects and impulses by thinking about the instead of experiencing them
undoing
symbolic acting out in reverse of something unacceptable that has already been done (i.e. driving slowly and carefully at the location of an auto-accident one has caused.)