Defence mechanisms

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What is repression?
An unconscious mechanism employed by the ego to keep disturbing or threatening thoughts from becoming conscious
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What is denial?
It involves blocking external events from awareness- the person refuses to experience it
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What is projection?
Involves individuals attributing their own unacceptable thoughts and feelings to another person e.g. if you hate someone, you can say the other person hates you as well to solve the problem
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What is displacement?
Satisfying an impulse with a substitute object that is 'less dangerous' e.g. kicking the dog instead of shouting at your boss
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What is regression?
Doing something you used to do when you were a child when one is faced with stress e.g. sucking your thumb
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What is sublimation?
Satisfying an impulse with a substitute object in a socially acceptable way e.g. watching an aggresive sport on telly
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What is identification?
Thinking, feeling and acting as if you were another person e.g. elvis look-alikes
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What is isolation?
Memories are allowed into the unconscious but all emotions surronding those memories are absent
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What is reaction formation?
When the urges that are slowly leaking out of our unconscious due to unsuccessful repression is actually the direct opposite of the truth
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What is rationalisation?
When we explain away uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and behaviours as positive and logical
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