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A defense mechanism in which one focuses on the intellectual aspects of an event rather than the troubling emotions associated with it. Removal of oneself from the situation by focusing on logic and words is the method.
Intellectualization
John does not want to marry Teresa because he doesn't feel like he loves her. He tells his friend that he must break up with Teresa because marrying her would get in the way of finishing college.
Rationalization
Adopting the opposite belief or emotion because expressing the true one will cause anxiety or dissonance
Reaction Formation
Jorge had a terrible fear of monsters in the dark and slept with his back to the wall as a child. He recently was mugged while walking home from work. Since then he has pushed his bed against the wall and can only sleep with his back to the wall
Regression
A 51 year old actress insists that she can play the role of a teenage rock star in spite of her obvious matronly appearance
Denial
A baseball player, after being thrown out of the game by an unpire, kicks the water cooler in the dug out
Displacement
A child hating his younger sister, tells his mother that the sister in fact hates him.
Projection
A defense mechanism in which an individual deals with emotional cinflict or stress by pointing out the funny or ironic content of the situation.
Humor
Consciously attempting to remove an anxiety producing memory or thought
Suppression
Handling emotional conflict or stressors by assigning exaggerated negative attributes to others or to self
Devaluation
George had a terrible fear of monsters in the dark and slept with his back to the wall as a child. He recently was mugged while walking home from work. Since then he has pushed his bed against teh wall and can only sleep with his back to the wall.
Regression
Bob, a policeman in a major city, was involved in a shoot out in which a stray bullet from his gun killed a young child. When reporting this to his therapist, he spoke in a flat monotone voice which expressed no emotion whatsoever.
Isolation of Affect
Focusing on meeting the needs of others to deal with emotional conflict or stessors. The individual feels good about his/her service to others and is reinforced by the response of others.
Altruism
Believing or behaving as if one has special abilities or powers. accompaning this is the belief that one is superior to others.
Omnipotence
Finding a way to act out an unacceptable impulse in a socially acceptable manner.
Sublimation
Handling emotional conflict or stressors by assigning exaggerated positive attributes to others
Idealization
A loss of intergration of the consciousness, memory, perception of self or surroundings, or sensory/motor behavior
Dissociation