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

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