defence reaction

Definitions of defence reaction
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n (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

Synonyms:
defence, defence mechanism, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
Types:
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compensation
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
conversion
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
denial
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
displacement
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one
idealisation, idealization
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad
intellectualisation, intellectualization
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict
isolation
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it
projection
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else
rationalisation, rationalization
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening
reaction formation
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them
regression
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state
repression
(psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious
transference
(psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst
overcompensation
(psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite
Type of:
process, unconscious process
a mental process that you are not directly aware of
psychoanalytic process
a process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory

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