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What is Displacement?

Place UNWANTED/UNPLEASANT feelings onto someone LESS THREATENING or an innocent bystander

Ex: A supervisor makes you angry, so you take out the angry emotion on a safer source such as a spouse or friend

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Projection

Take your emotions and placing it on to others

Ex: A depressed client passes their sadness onto the therapist

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Introjection

To internalize someone else's emotions or beliefs

EX: A shy person incorporates a confident friend's attitude

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Projective Identification

*Seen in Borderline Personality Disorder*

Identifying others as having the unwanted emotion one is feeling; however, he/she DOES NOT demonstrate those emotions

Ex: Sally, a client with borderline disorder, is feeling angry. however, Sally DOES NOT demonstrate angry emotions. She then states that her therapist in "in an angry mood."

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Splitting

*Clients with borderline personality disorder* identify a person as being all good or all bad to simplify their unpleasant and complex emotions

Ex: She's a great therapist" ... moments later, "she's a horrible therapist."

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Rationalization

Making excuses or justifying actions to avoid unwanted feelings

Ex: You weren't hired for a job you wanted. You then state, "It's too far a commute anyway."

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Sublimation

A positive way of getting rid of unwanted feelings

EX : Angry at boss so go to a kickboxing class

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Reaction-Formation

Turn unpleasant feelings into the opposite feeling

Ex: A person has a sudden loss shows happiness

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Undoing

Taking back unwanted behaviors with praises or gifts

Ex: "Making up" for scolding children through gifts

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Isolation of Affect

Expressing no emotions when confronted with difficult events

-No emotions during a crisis

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Denial

Refusing to acknowledge feelings into the opposite feeling

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Repression

Burying unpleasant thoughts and memories and forgetting them