Freudian Defense Mechanisms

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Freudian Defense Mechanisms Habitual and unconscious (in most cases) mental processes designed to reduce anxiety Work by avoiding, denying, or distorting sources of threat or anxiety If used short term, can help us get through everyday situations If used long term, we may end up not living in reality Protect idealized self-image so we can live with ourselves Freudian Defense Mechanisms: Some Examples Denial: Most primitive Refusing to accept or believe reality Usually occurs with death and illness Repression: When painful memories, anxieties, and so on are held out of our awareness
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Unformatted text preview: Reaction Formation: – Impulses are repressed and the opposite behavior is exaggerated Regression: – Any return to earlier, less demanding situations or habits Projection: – When one’s own feelings, shortcomings, or unacceptable traits and impulses are seen in others – Exaggerating negative traits in others lowers anxiety Rationalization: – Justifying personal actions by giving “rational” but false reasons for them Regression...
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