Denial Not accepting reality because it is too painful. Example: You are arrested for drunk driving several times but dont believe you have a problem with alcohol.
Channeling a feeling or thought from its actual source tosomething or someone else. Example: When you get mad at your sister, you break your drinking glass by throwing it against the wall.
Projection Is the misattribution of a person’s undesired thoughts, feelings or impulses onto another person who does not have those thoughts, feelings or impulses. Example: a spouse may be angry at their significant other for not listening, when in fact it is the angry spouse who does not listen.
Rationalization Justifying ones behaviors and motivations by substituting "good", acceptable reasons for these real motivations . Example: I always study hard for tests and I know a lot of people who cheat so its not a big deal I cheated this time.
Reaction Formation Is the converting of unwanted or dangerous thoughts, feelings or impulses into their opposites. Example: For instance, a woman who is very angry with her boss and would like to quit her job may instead be overly kind and generous toward her boss and express a desire to keep working there forever.
Regression Is the reversion to an earlier stage of development in the face of unacceptable thoughts or impulses. Example: An adolescent who is overwhelmed with fear, anger and growing sexual impulses might become clingy and start exhibiting earlier childhood behaviors he has long since overcome, such as bedwetting. An adult may regress when under a great deal of stress, refusing to leave their bed and engage in normal, everyday activities.
Repression Burying a painful feeling or thought from your awareness though it may resurface in symbolic form. Sometimes considered a basis of other defense mechanisms. Example: You cant remember your fathers funeral.
Sublimation Redirecting unacceptable, instinctual drives into personally and socially acceptable channels. Example: Intense rage redirected in the form of participation in sports such as boxing or football
Work Cites http://www.utahpsych.org/defensemechanisms.ht m http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/15-common- defense-mechanisms/all/1/