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defense mechanisms

automatic, involuntary, unconscious ways to keep unacceptable thoughts and impulses from awareness and avoid disapproval

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acting out

emotional conflict dealt with through actions rather than feelings

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compensation

one makes up for real or perceived deficiencies

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conversion

repressed urge expressed as a body function disturbance

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decompensation

existing defenses deteriorate

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denial

primitive defense, inability to acknowledge true significant of stressors

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devaluation

attributes exaggerated negative qualities to self/others, split of primitive idealization (borderline)

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displacement

directing impulse, wish, feeling toward something as replacement for real object, permitting expression in less threatening situation

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dissociation

process that person splits mental function to express unconscious impulses without taking responsibility; either doesn't remember or experience as his own

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idealization

overestimation of admired aspect or attribute of another (conscious or unconscious)

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identification

pattern self after a significant other, big role in development of super ego

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identification with aggressor

master anxiety by identifying with powerful aggressor to counteract helplessness and feel powerful; behave like aggressor

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incorporation

primitive, pyschic representation of a person (or parts of a person) are figuratively ingested

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inhibition

loss of motivation to engage in activity that is avoided because it might stir up conflict over forbidden impulses

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introjection

loved or hated external objects absorbed within self

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isolation of affect

unacceptable impulse, idea, or act separated from original memory source, removing emotional charge

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projection

primitive, attributes disowned attitude, wish, feeling, urges to external object

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projection identification

unconsciously perceiving others behavior as reflection of one's own identity (borderline)

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rationalization

unconscious, believable explanation for irrational behavior motivated by unacceptable unconscious wishes or by defenses to cope

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reaction formation

person adopts affects, ideas, attitudes or behaviors that are opposite of those harbored unconsciously or consciously

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regression

part or symbolic return to infantile reacting patterns or thinking; serve ego

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repression

key mechanism, amnesia, symptomatic forgetting

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splitting

self or others perceives as all good or all bad; things of opposite quality kept apart (borderline)
ego weakness that can't neutralize aggression, lack of impulse control, can't integrate good and bad in people

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sublimation

potentially maladaptive feelings or behaviors diverted into socially acceptable or adaptive channels

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substitution

replace unattainable or unacceptable goal, emotion, object with more attainable or acceptable one

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symbolization

mental representation stands for other thing; mechanism that underlines dream formation and other symptoms with link to latent symptoms meaning and symbols; unconscious

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turning against self

defense to deflect hostile aggression or other unacceptable impulses from other to self

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undoing

words or actions used to symbolically reverse or negate unacceptable thoughts, feelings, actions