Flashcards in Defense Mechanisms Deck (12)
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
Take your emotions and placing it on to others
Ex: A depressed client passes their sadness onto the therapist
To internalize someone else's emotions or beliefs
EX: A shy person incorporates a confident friend's attitude
*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."
*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."
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."
A positive way of getting rid of unwanted feelings
EX : Angry at boss so go to a kickboxing class
Turn unpleasant feelings into the opposite feeling
Ex: A person has a sudden loss shows happiness
Taking back unwanted behaviors with praises or gifts
Ex: "Making up" for scolding children through gifts
Isolation of Affect
Expressing no emotions when confronted with difficult events
-No emotions during a crisis
Refusing to acknowledge feelings into the opposite feeling