Flashcards in Coping mechanisms Deck (20):
Expressing unacceptable feelings and thoughts through actions
Avoiding awareness of a painful reality
Redirecting emotions or impulses to a neutral person or object.
Get yelled at by your boss so you come home and yell at your wife.
Temporary drastic change in personality, memory, consciousness, or behavior to avoid emotional stress.
Often with no memory of traumatic event.
A sexual abuse victim going numb and silent when confronted to her abuser.
Partially and intentionally behaving more childishly.
A surgeon throwing a tantrum because his case ran long.
vs. regression which is involuntary
Only expressing positive thoughts and ignoring negative ones
Unconsciously (mostly) taking on traits of another person or group.
Wearing your stethoscope the same way as another doctor you admire.
Only focusing on facts and ignoring the emotion of a situation.
A cancer patient only talking about survival rates
Separating feelings from an event.
Describing a murder or patient death in detail with no emotional response
Showing anger in a non-confrontational manner.
Showing up late because your mad at your boss.
Attributing an unacceptable internal impulse of your own to someone else.
Accusing your wife of wanting to cheat on you because you want to.
Proclaiming a logical reason for something done for other reasons, usually to avoid blaming yourself.
After getting fired saying you only got fired because the job wasn't important
Replacing a warded off feeling with the emphasis on its opposite
A patient with sexual thoughts enters a monastery
Involuntarily going back to an immature state (vs fixation which is temporarily and partially going back)
A child that is sick or being punished starts bedwetting again.
Involuntarily avoiding an idea or feeling.
An adult being unable to remember going to therapy during his parents divorce when he was a kid.
vs suppression which is voluntary and temporary
Intolerance of ambiguity. People are either all good or all evil at different times.
Common in borderline personality disorder.
Patient says all the nurses are mean but all the doctors are friendly.
Replacing an unnacceptable desire with one that is similar but allowed.
An angry teenager takes his anger out in sports
Alleviating negative feelings by unsolicited genrosity.
A gangster donates a bunch to charity.
Intentionally holding back feelings or thoughts about something until the appropriate time.
Not worrying about the big game until its time to play