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Burying a painful feeling or thought from your awareness though it may resurface in symbolic form. Sometimes considered a basis of other defense mechanisms.

Repression

2

Not accepting reality because it is too painful.

Denial

3

Reverting to an older, less mature way of handling stresses and feelings

Regression

4

Attributing your own unacceptable thoughts or feelings to someone or something else

Projection

5

Everything in the world is seen as all good or all bad with nothing in between.

Splitting

6

Attempting to avoid a painful thought or feeling by objectifying and emotionally detaching oneself from the feeling

Isolation of affect

7

Channeling a feeling or thought from its actual source to something or someone else.

Displacement

8

Adopting beliefs, attitudes, and feelings contrary to what you really believe

Reaction formation

9

Justifying one's behaviors and motivations by substituting "good", acceptable reasons for these real motivations

Rationalization

10

Handling your own pain by helping others.

Altruism

11

Focusing on funny aspects of a painful situation.

Humor

12

Redirecting unacceptable, instinctual drives into personally and socially acceptable channels

Sublimation

13

The effort to hide and control unacceptable thoughts or feelings

Suppression