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Flashcards in Defense Mechanisms Deck (12):
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Acting out

expressing unacceptable feelings through actions

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Denial

behaving as if an aspect of reality does not exist

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Displacement

transferring feelings to a more acceptable object

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Intellectualization

using intellect to avoid uncomfortable feelings

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Passive aggression

avoiding conflict by expressing hostility covertly

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projection

attributing ones own feelings because of others

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Rationalization

justifying behavior to avoid difficult truths

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Reaction formation

responding in a manner opposite to ones actual feelings

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Regression

Reverting to earlier developmental stage

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Splitting

seeing others as either all good or all bad

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sublimation

channeling impulses into socially acceptable behaviors

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suppression

putting unwanted feelings aside to cope with reality