Freud’s defense mechanisms

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Freud’s defense mechanisms

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Work Cites http://www.utahpsych.org/defensemechanisms.ht m http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/15-common- defense-mechanisms/all/1/

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