Defense Mechanisms.pdf - Running head REACTION FORMATION 1 EGO DEFENSE MECHANISM REACTION FORMATION TERESA GONZALES PAUL PRESSON PSYCH 105 REACTION

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Running head: REACTION FORMATION 1 EGO DEFENSE MECHANISM: REACTION FORMATION TERESA GONZALES PAUL PRESSON PSYCH 105 MARCH 21, 2019
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REACTION FORMATION 2 Abstract: A letter was sent to a famous psychologist who conducted research on alcoholism using cats as experimental subjects. The letter was written by an antivivisectionist who claimed to be terribly concerned with what the researcher was doing to the animals. However, the letter contained many hostile comments towards alcoholics. Based off the letter, I will discuss what ego defense mechanism that the individual may be using and will further analyze the letter to demonstrate why they may be using that specific ego defense mechanism. Lastely, I just want to say that in no way am I suggesting that this individual using this defense mechanism is wrong nor right. In this essay, I only wish to examine the following letter to the best of my ability. Introduction: Attraction, desire, pride, repulsion, and guilt. We as humans have experienced each of these emotions, all for various reasons. Sometimes, it is our own doing that causes these feelings. How do we deal with these feelings we would rather avoid? One of the most intriguing methods of dealing with an unwanted desire is through the defense mechanism, reaction formation. Reaction Formation occurs when a person feels an urge to do or say something and then actually does or says something that is effectively the opposite of what they really want (Cohen, Hudson, Kim, 2018). For example, “a gay person who has heterosexually promiscuous may be concealing their homosexual reality. This may be a conscious concealment but also may well occur at the subconscious level such that they do not realize the real cause of their behavior. Reaction Formation thus can turn homosexual tendencies (love men) to homophobic ones (hate men)” (Reaction formation - Changing minds, 2019). Freud called the exaggerated
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