defence reaction

Definitions of defence reaction
  1. noun
    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
    synonyms: defence, defence mechanism, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
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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
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    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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