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defense mechanism at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

In psychoanalytic theory, an often unconscious mental process (such as repression) that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problems or conflicts. The compromise generally involves concealing from oneself internal drives or feelings that threaten to lower self-esteem or provoke anxiety. The term was first used by S. Freud in 1894. The major defense mechanisms are repression, the process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness; reaction formation, a mental or emotional response that represents the opposite of what one really feels; projection, the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes (especially blame, guilt, or sense of responsibility) to others; regression, reversion to an earlier mental or behavioral level; denial, the refusal to accept the existence of a painful fact; rationalization, the substitution of rational and creditable motives for the true (but threatening) ones; and sublimation, the diversion of an instinctual desire or impulse from its primitive form to a more socially or culturally acceptable form. See also ego, neurosis, psychoanalysis.

defense mechanism at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "defense mechanism":
alienation, autism, autistic thinking, avoidance,
avoidance mechanism, avoidance reaction, avoiding reaction,
blame-shifting, block, blocking, circumvention, compensation,
conversion, decompensation, defence, defense, defense in depth,
defenses, dereism, dereistic thinking, deterrent capacity,
displacement, dissociation, dodge, duck, ego defenses, elusion,
elusiveness, emotional insulation, equivocation, escape,
escape into fantasy, escape mechanism, escapism, evasion,
evasive action, evasiveness, fantasizing, fantasy, flight,
forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, getting around, guard,
isolation, jink, mental block, negative taxis, negativism,
neutrality, nonintervention, noninvolvement, overcompensation,
prevention, projection, protection, psychological defenses,
psychotaxis, rationalization, refraining, repression, resistance,
self-defense, self-preservation, self-protection, shunning,
shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, slip,
sociological adjustive reactions, sublimation, substitution,
suppression, symbolization, the defensive, the runaround, ward,
wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, withdrawal, zigzag

defense mechanism at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

defense mechanism
n : (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the
anxiety associated with instinctive desires [syn: {defense
reaction}, {defence mechanism}, {defence reaction}, {defense},

defense mechanism at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Inter: en-noun » head=defense mechanism
  • Inter: context » psychology A psychological strategy used unconsciously by people to cope with harmful or stressful situations.
    1. Inter: context » evolutionary biology An automatic reaction of the body against foreign antibodies.


      Inter: trans-top » psychological strategy

  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|mecanisme de defensa|m

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    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|mecanismo de defensa|m
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|savunma mekanizması

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » reaction of the body
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|savunma mekanizması

    Inter: trans-botto » m
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