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Mature Defense Mechanisms:Altruism:Helping others to feel better about oneself, thereby avoiding negativepersonal feelings. Here, gratification is achieved from the response of others.Example 1:A cruel CEO regularly donates to charity and takes part in thecharity organization activities.Example 2:Alcoholics who help other alcoholics stay sober by being asponsor in the alcoholics anonymous program.Humor:Expressing uncomfortable feelings (in the form of jokes, for example) withoutcausing oneself discomfort.Example 1:A man who has sleep apnea makes jokes about people using theCPAP machine.Example 2:An expert makes a mistake in front of the trainees and thenlaughs about it saying that the trainees are already smarter than she is.Sublimation:Expressing a personally unacceptable or unattainable feeling in a sociallyacceptable or useful way. Sublimationleads to the gratification of theimpulse for social benefit.Example 1:Artistic expression is often believed to be a result of sublimation.Example 2:A teenager who often gets into fights starts playing sports heavily,including boxing.
Suppression:Pushing the unpleasant or unacceptable feeling, thought, or desiredeliberately out of consciousness. It is theonly defense mechanism to havesome sort of conscious effort, albeit partial.Example 1:A project manager needs to prepare for an importantpresentation, and her friends want to know about her weekend plans. Sheignores their messages and continues working, and deals with them after thepresentation.Example 2:A mother is angry because she found out her son has beenstealing money. Because he has a test the next day, she waits until after thetest to confront him.Immature Defense Mechanisms:Acting out:Acting out entails astrong display of emotions or behavior in order tohide the unacceptable underlying feelings or ideas. The displayedoutburst or action may be socially inappropriate. This results in the actualemotion being masked.Acting out isoften seen in patients with a borderline personalitydisorderor antisocial personality disorder.

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Defence mechanism, Borderline personality disorder, Antisocial personality disorder, Avoidant personality disorder

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