Science Quiz / Defense Mechanisms

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trying to reverse or 'undo' a thought or feeling by performing an action that signifies an opposite feeling than your original thought or feeling
'A person's treatment for cancer makes him lose his hair so he makes jokes about being bald.'
'You are angry, but instead of punching the wall you go for a run.'
'You have feelings of dislike towards like someone, so you treat them to lunch.'
'You think your best friend is absolutely worthless because she flaked on your plans for that evening.'
attempting to avoid a painful thought or feeling by objectifying and emotionally detaching oneself from the feeling
focusing on funny aspects of a painful situation
'You and your roommate have get into an argument so you stomp off into another room and pout.'
diverts sexual or aggressive impulses toward an object or person that is psychologically more acceptable than the one that aroused the feelings
the transformation of unacceptable impulses into socially valued motivations
banishes anxiety-arousing wishes from consciousness
'Acting aloof and indifferent toward someone when you really dislike that person.'
'You are angry, so you punch the wall as hard as you can.'
disguises threatening impulses by attributing them to others
'You say that you're not sad, when really you are.'
the ego unconsciously makes unacceptable impulses look like their opposites
allows us to retreat to an earlier,more infantile stage of development
'You are arrested for drunk driving several times but don't believe you have a problem with alcohol.'
handling your own pain by helping others
'After your husband dies, you keep yourself busy by volunteering at animal shelters.'
occurs when we unconsciously generate self-justifying explanations to hide from ourselves the real reasons for our actions
'You think that because you always study hard for tests and you know a lot of people who cheat so it's not a big deal you cheated this time.'
'You get really mad at your husband but scream that he's the one mad at you.'
everything in the world is seen as all good or all bad with nothing in between
'You can't remember the awful car accident you were in.'
protects the person from real events that are painful to accept, either by rejecting a fact or its seriousness

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