defence mechanism

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defence mechanism

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1. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a usually unconscious mental process designed to reduce the anxiety, shame, etc, associated with instinctive desires
2. (Physiology) physiol the protective response of the body against disease organisms
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Noun1.defence mechanism - (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
unconscious process, process - a mental process that you are not directly aware of; "the process of denial"
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
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
psychoanalytic process - a process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory
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; "his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"
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
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defence mechanism

n (Psych) → meccanismo di difesa
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While ego defenses are proposed to be unconscious self-deceptions (Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2000), in many ways the ego serving the id, we should consider for how long a repressed history that never extinguishes in the mind remains subconscious.
Not religious leaders, but psychologists grapple with what it means to transcend individualistic aspects of the self such as excessive self-interest and ego defenses, which have dominated American society--or at least marketing--since the 1970s.
The men who go to the wilderness to participate in the Men's Rites of Passage face five days of silence and rituals that strip away ego defenses and make them aware of their own grief, loss and suffering.
Ego defenses were measured with the Hebrew version of the Ego Defenses Scale.
2) recommended preceding hypnotherapeutic techniques with general ego-strengthening suggestions to strengthen his/her confidence and general ego defenses.