BEH225 Week 5 DQ 2 - Discussion Question 2 Week 5 Day 4 Your Name Here Axia College University of Phoenix BEH 225 Instructor Name Here Month and

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Discussion Question 2: Week 5, Day 4 Your Name Here Axia College University of Phoenix BEH 225 Instructor, Name Here Month and Day, 2009 Analysis: 1. Denial: refusing to acknowledge a painful or threatening reality: Ray, who is told that he has terminal cancer, believes instead that he simply has bronchitis. The defense mechanism of denial is advantageous as it assists individuals in concealing their failures, which they are not prepared to admit in front of others. This mechanism is particularly used by adults largely as they are not always prepared to admit failures frankly in front of others in their daily life. Denial helps to postpone facing a problem caused due to failure in our life. Nevertheless, such individuals will not be aware of the fact that one cannot conceal such issues as failure for a long period from the eyes of others. The behavior of an individual changes due to the fact of concealing failures from others. In the end, these individuals generally develop behavioral problems. The disadvantages of denial is that, it affects the overall personality of an individual when it is used quiet often in day-to-day life to postpone confronting problems which might arise at any time. This behavior leads others believe that the person using denial as a defense mechanism is a liar and lies quiet often. It also brings down the ability of a person to accept and face failures that are a part of daily life. Such a person may turn out to be a timid person. Such individuals become introverts in the end and try to avoid interacting with others in the society for the fear that their failures may be revealed in front of others. Such a defense mechanism is sure to ruin not only the mental health of an individual, but also takes a toll on the physical health and changes his or her overall personality in the years to come. 2. Repression: excluding uncomfortable thoughts from consciousness. Lisa, who was once caught shoplifting when she was in high school, has no recollection of the embarrassing event. The advantage of repression is that it is a form of motivated forgetting. Repression enables an individual to forget the sad and painful experiences in order to escape from mental conflicts and troubles. Here, such experiences are unconsciously and automatically excluded form the conscious thought process. The ego drags the impulses that conflict with social norms and taboos into ones unconscious. Thus, an individual can keep the dangerous
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and anxiety producing ideas out of consciousness.
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2010 for the course BEH225 BEH 225 taught by Professor Caroltripp during the Fall '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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BEH225 Week 5 DQ 2 - Discussion Question 2 Week 5 Day 4 Your Name Here Axia College University of Phoenix BEH 225 Instructor Name Here Month and

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