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Unformatted text preview: There are quite a few defense mechanism that we all employ to various degrees throughout our lives. Here are a few: DenialDenying the existence of some threatening event to reduce anxiety. Example: A woman whos afraid of the doctor denies that shes ill. RepressionBlocking out the memory of a traumatic event. Example: Repressing childhood abuse. SublimationDisplacing or redirecting the energy from an unacceptable instinct into a non-instinctual behavior that is more acceptable. Example: an artist who pours his sexual energy into a portrait of a woman he cant have. Wish FulfillmentWishing to do or to change something you cant. Example: Wishing you had said something witty to the person who insulted you. Reaction FormationHaving a desire that is so frightening, we change our reaction to the opposite extreme of hate or disgust. Example: homophobia. Siggy...
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course PL 1098 taught by Professor Thorn during the Spring '08 term at Rockhurst.
- Spring '08