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Unformatted text preview: The situation results in the displacement of negative emotions to safer targets, i.e., friends and family. Consecutively he introduces sublimation, which he views as a more mature form of displacement--shifting emotion onto constructive events such as painting, football, boxing, dancing. He mentions the most serious defense as the last one: reaction-formation: "When we have a reaction that is too painful or threatening to feel, we turn it into the opposite That way, we aren't threatened by the feeling, or even the awareness of the feeling." (Niolon) In the end Richard reminds his readers the negative influences of overusing defense mechanism:it may cause bigger problems, blind us from our real emotions, and reduces our ability of handling emotional difficulties. Works Cited Niolon, Richard. Defenses. Psychpage. Nov 23 rd ,2010. Web....
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- Spring '06
- Defence mechanism, Psychological projection, defense mechanism, Richard Niolon