Involuntarily blocking unpleasant feelings and experiences from one's awareness
Ex: An accident victim can remember nothing about the accdient
Refusing to acknowledge the existence of a real situation or the feelings associated with it
Ex. A woman drinks alcohol every day and cannot stop, failing to acknowledge that she has a problem.
Integrating the beliefs and values of another individual into one's own ego structure
Ex. Children integrate their parents' value system into the process of conscience formation. A child says to a friend "Don't Cheat; it's wrong."
Symbolically negating or canceling out an experience that one finds intolerable
Ex. Joe is nervous about his job and yells at his wife. On his way home he stops and buys her some flowers
Separating a thought or memory from the feeling tone or emotion associated with it.
Ex. Without showing any emotion, a young woman describes being attacked and raped.
The voluntary blocking of unpleasant feelings and experiences from one's awareness
Ex. "I don't want to think about that now. I'll think about that tomorrow."
Attributing feelings or impulses unacceptable to one's self to another person
Ex. Sue feels a strong sexual attraction to her track coach and tells her friend, "He's coming on to me!"
Justification of unacceptable thoughts, feelings, or actions by acribing to them acceptable or worthwhile motives
Ex. One does something and unconsciously states or uses an acceptable reason for the action.
The unconscious process in which a repressed conflict is manifested as a disguised and symbolic somatic symptom
Ex. Girl can suddenly not speak when asked about past abuse
The return to an earlier level of emotional adjustment, and the use of behaviors consistent with that level of development
Ex. Toilet trained child temporily loses the ability after his newborn brother is brought home from the hospital
Attempting to make up for a real or imagined defect in the self by excelling in another area of life.
Ex. Short statue man behaving bold and aggressively
Development of overt behaviors or attitudes in precisely the opposite direction of the individual's underlying unacceptable feelings, wishes, or desires
Ex. A mother who feels hostile and rejecting of her child may express overprotection of her child
A portion of the persnality that cannot be tolerated or accepted by the invidual's conscious self is split off from awareness
Unconscious process of becoming like another person by taking on the characteristics of that person's personality
Transformation of psychic energy associated with sexual and/or aggressive drives into conscious constructive or productive activities
Ex. Adolescent becomes a very competitive soccer player
The transfer of emotion from a person to another person or object to alleviate anxiety
Ex. A girl who is angry with her boyfriend may go to her room and rip up his letter sweater. She is displacing her anger on to the letter sweater.