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Unformatted text preview: PSYCHOTHERAPY: DEFENSE AND COPING MECHANISMS Denial ; an outright refusal or inability to accept some aspect of reality that is troubling. For example: "this thing has not happened" when it actually has. Splitting ; a person cannot stand the thought that someone might have both good and bad aspects, so they polarize their view of that person as someone who is "all good" or "all bad". Any evidence to the contrary is ignored. For example: "My boss is evil", after being let go from work, when in reality, the boss had no choice in the matter and was acting under orders herself. Splitting functions by way of Dissociation, which is an ability people have in varying amounts to be able to wall off certain experiences and not think about them. Projection ; a person's thought or emotion about another person, place or thing is too troubling to admit, and so, that thought or emotion is attributed to originate from that other person, place or thing. For example: "He hates me", when it is thought or emotion is attributed to originate from that other person, place or thing....
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