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Repression
Ex- Can't Remember
Blocking a wish or desire from unconscious part of the mind
Repression example
you forget the name of someone for whom you have intense negative feelings
Denial
a more serious form of Repression. Person lives as though an unwanted piece of informatio or reality does not exist. Theres a persistant refusal to be swayed by evidence.
Denial
attempt to remove an experience or a feeling from consciousness.
Examples of Denial
- after a diagnosis of terminal condition, the patient does not exhibit any expected emotional reaction & states that diagnosis is not true.
Examples of Denial
An alcoholic states, "I don't have a problem with alcohol I never drink before 5pm. My stomach problems and liver problems are caused by something else."
Projection
attributing an unconscious in pulse, attitude, or behavior to someone else.
put on to someone else
Projection
transferring or blaming others for one's own unacceptable ideas, impulses, wishes, or feelings
Examples of Projection
after a MI, a pt relates that his wife is coping poorly with his condition. The pt's anxiety may be to great and threatening to face, so he places his own fears onto his wife
Examples of Projection
A man who is attracted to a friends wife on an unconscious level accuses his wife of flirting with his friends
Reaction Formation
an intense feeling regarding an object, person, or feelings
is out of awareness and is unknowingly acted out consciously in an opposite manner
Reaction Formation
actions that are opposite of the true unacceptable feelings that the person is experiencing
Examples of Reaction Formation
a woman has negative feelings about her pregnancy but then lavishes constant attention on a newborn
Example of Reaction Formation
you treat someon whom you unconsciously dislike in an overly friendly manner
OPPOSITE
Regression
returning to an earlier level of adaption when severly threatened
Regression
Reverting to earlier patterns of development as a way to reduce anxiety on one's self
Example of Regression
during serious illness, a pt exhibits behavior more appropriate for a younger developmental age, such as excessive dependency
Example of Regression
a child resumes bed wetting after having a long time since stopped when his baby brother is born and fussed over at home
Rationalization
OVERUSED
imconsciously falsifying an experience by giving a contrived socially acceptable and logical explanantion to justify an unpleasent experience of questionable behavior
Rationalization
substituting acceptable reasons for the true reasons for personal behavior because admitting true reasons is to life threatening
Example of Rationalization
smoker continues to smoke despite physcians warning because he knows many people who smoke and have no ill effects
Example of Rationalization
a student who did not study for an exam blames his failure on teacher's poor lecture material and the unfairness of the exam
Identification
modeling behavior after someone else
accepting the other person's circumstances as though they were one's pwm
Example of Identification
a man's wife died a very painful death from cancer when he is diagnosed with cancer. When he is diagnosed with cancer, he experiences extreme anxiety because he has accepted his wife's experience as if he had lived them
Example of Identification
A six year old girl dresses in her mother's dress and high heeled shoes
Introjection
Take values of someone and make yours
Show and tell
A more primitive form of identification more closely relates to unconscious imitation
Example of Introjection
a child who becomes irritable after angry interactions with a parent the child takes in "swallows whole" and image of the angry parents grows into him or herself
Displacement
Discharging intense feelings for one person onto another object or person who is less threatening , satisfying an impulse with a substitute object
Displacement
The belief that one would be in great danger if true feelings abpt someone were known to that person, which causes the individual to discharge or displae feelings onto a third person or object
Displacement
Discharging intense feelings for one person onto another object or person who is less threatening, satisfying an impulse with a substitute object
Displacement
the belief that one would be in great danger if true feelings about someone were known to that person, which causes the individual to discharge or displace feelings onto a third person or object
Example of Displacement
a family member is angry at the pt from not taking better care of himself and feels to quilty to express this to the ill person. Instead he expresses anger at the nursing staff for giving inadequate care
Example of Displacement
kick the dog theory
A child who has been scolded by her mother hits her doll with a hair brush
Undoing
makes up for an act or communication
Example of Undoing
compulsive handwashing
buying gifts to make up for her lost time
Sublimination
always positive
Rechanneling an impuse into a more socially desirable object
Example of Sublimination
a student satisfies sexual curiousity by conducting sophisticated research into sexual behaviors
Sublimination
Expressing represd urges or desires in socially acceptable ways
Example of Sublimination
an angry person writes a poem about his reactions to feelings
Intellectualization
Excessive use of reasoning, logic, or words
prevents the person from experiencing associated feelings
Example of Intellectualization
person talks in detail about parents funeral but is unable to feel the associated pain of loss
Compensation
Making up for deficts in one area by excelling in another area in order to raise or maintain self esteem
Example of Compensation
Individual drinks alcohol when self esteem is low to disfuse discomfort
Silent man becomes excessivly verbal and excels in business
Suppression
The conscious denial oif a disturbing situation or feeling
Example of Supression
A student says, " I can't worry about paying my rent intil after my exam tomorrow."
- i don't want to think about it