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Defense Mechanism Definitions,etc

Posted by shadows721 on June 27, 2004, at 19:23:23

In reply to Re: FMS vs. LPS...wxy and z now I know my abcs.... tabitha, posted by zenhussy on June 27, 2004, at 17:04:15

Intellectualization =is the avoidance of unconscious conflicts by the excessive use of an intellectual guise of words, thoughts, or debate. "The current research by Dr. So and So from such and such university shows that the reason why people like get so depressed is because there is a chemical imbalance."

Defiance = is daring others to prove that you are wrong. "I challenge you to show me in the Bible where it says that smoking marijuana is wrong."

Arguing = is bringing up a controversy to side track the other individual. "My position is that ....don't you agree that I am right?" (While knowing quite well he/she will disagree.)

Displacement =is the transferring of a strong emotion from it precipitated object to a safer or more acceptable substitute. (The husband becomes angry at his boss at work then goes home and gripes at wife.) "I know that I am angry at the boss, but I just don't know why I am taking it out on you."

Analyzing = is an attempt to explain the cause for your failure, believing that that may resolve the issue. "I have thought long and hard on the problem and believe that it must have been precipitated from my exposure to too much violence on the T.V."

Excuses = is the use of logic that may appear to be acceptable to avoid an issue. "I think you can find someone more skilled than I to choose for the project."

Minimizing = is an attempt to make the problem smaller than it really is. "It was only a one night stand. It only happened that one time."

Questioning =is the means of firing questions at the potential intruder to keep him from bringing up threatening issue in your own life.

Silence = is using silence to protect yourself from talking about the problem. This is often the case with men in marriage. When confronted with the issue, the individual may just walk away or stand there and say nothing.

Self-deception = is deceptive thinking that is usually vocally expressed. "I don't need anyone's help. I can quit drinking anytime that I want to."

Repression =is the involuntary exclusion of unwanted thoughts or feelings from the individual's consciousness. "I just can't remember how I felt that day when that happened. I just don't feel anything."

Withdrawing = is deliberate removal of one's self from the situation. "This is the last straw... I can't stay in this situation any longer.... I am leaving."

Somatization =is the unconscious changing of a strong negative emotion into a bodily disease or abnormality. "I just feel too bad to go in to work today ... I probably have a fever."

Shouting = is using a loud voice to try to control the situation. "Don't tell me to shut up!! I will say what I want to say!!!"

Regression = is the reverting back to an earlier stage of immaturity. "I rather just set here and pout."

Undoing = is an attempt to make up (atone for or reverse the guilt by doing good in the place of the evil. "Please take this gift. It would really make me feel better after all that I did to you." (Of course, the undoing may become generalized involving others as well.)

Threatening = is using aggression to avoid facing an issue. "Don't ever bring up that topic again or I will make you wish that you hadn't!"

Isolation = is the splitting off a strong negative emotion or mental image from the individual's consciousness. (Being out of touch with one's emotions. In extreme cases there may be MPD.)
"I really feel sad, but I can't figure out why."

Manipulation = is trying to indirectly blame someone else for your difficulty. Then trying to get the other person to straighten up so that you can. "If you will quite bringing home all that fatty food, I will go on a diet."

Here's another website on Defense Mechanisms

I thought these were interesting. I can recognize many of these in my own family. But, I wanted to point out that dissociation can be more than just memories and personalities. The mind can dissociate specifically emotions, physical sensations, thoughts, smells, tastes, and urges, etc.




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