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Defense Mechanisms. Definition: A mental maneuver that one consciously or unconsciously chooses to use to distort or falsify the truth of one’s experience in order to protect oneself from feeling painful emotions like shame, guilt, or anxiety. LYING.

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defense mechanisms
Defense Mechanisms
  • Definition: A mental maneuver that one consciously or unconsciously chooses to use to distort or falsify the truth of one’s experience in order to protect oneself from feeling painful emotions like shame, guilt, or anxiety.
  • One doesn’t tell the truth for either self-gain or to spare feeling ridicule, rejection, or punishment. Phrases like “I swear I didn’t do it,” or “It doesn’t mean anything” are often used when we know we haven’t lived up to our higher selves.
  • In what circumstances do you think people lie the most?
  • Occurs when we tell an element of the truth, but deny the larger truth of the matter.
  • For example, “I could have won the race but the track was wet.” The larger truth was that someone was faster.
  • “I got fired, but the boss was a jerk.” Failures are a threat to the ego rationalization doesn’t hurt as bad.
  • When adult defense mechanisms stop working for us, we regress to a personality we had at childhood.
  • For example, when an adult doesn’t take responsibility, he says, “It’s not my fault, it’s her fault.”
  • Immature patterns of behavior emerge such as bragging.
  • The person forces the unacceptable or threatening feeling out of awareness to a point where he/she becomes unaware of it.
  • Examples could be a simple reprimand or as serious as a rape.
  • A person is asked, “how do you get along with your mother” and he responds, “just fine” as he turns pale. Negative feelings about the mother are so unacceptable that they block his awareness.
  • The person doesn’t acknowledge the validity of the matter but acknowledges its presence. They oppose force with force.
  • For example, the alcoholic expresses, “I may like to drink, but I’m not an alcoholic.”
  • Or a smoker concludes that the evidence linking cigarette use to health problems is bogus.
  • The person is aware of the unacceptable desire and validates it but intentionally tries to keep it from expressing itself.
  • For example, “I know I’m an alcoholic so I’m going on the wagon.”
  • A homosexual who intentionally doesn’t date members of the same sex so that the unacceptable does not express itself.
  • An introvert is conditioned to be an extrovert.
  • He often suppress anger.
  • The person attributes one’s own perceived negative attributes onto someone else.
  • For example, Bill blames the instructor for a bad grade when he didn’t study.
  • Sara says, “You envy me,” when Sara really envies the other person.
  • Sam cheats on his spouse and blames the spouse for cheating.
which defense mechanisms do you use the most
Which Defense Mechanisms Do You Use the Most?
  • Lying
  • Rationalization
  • Distraction
  • Regression
  • Repression
  • Denial
  • Suppression
  • Projection
remove defense mechanisms by
Remove Defense Mechanisms by………
  • Reading about them
  • Writing about your feelings and actions
  • Talking to a close friend or therapist
  • Meditating
  • Praying
  • EFT
name the defense mechanism
Name the Defense Mechanism
  • Joe is mad at Sue as he grits his teeth. Sue asks, are you mad at me, and he replies, “No, I’m not mad at all as he puts a smile on his face.
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Name the Defense Mechanism
  • The person who doesn’t study says, “the ‘F’ grade I got on the test was totally unfair.”
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Name the Defense Mechanism
  • Karl, a tax accountant teacher instructs his students to follow the rules of tax law but later Karl cheats on his taxes.
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Name the Defense Mechanism
  • Bill Gates tells you your reply is illogical and you reply, “you’re the illogical one!” I’m smarter than you anyway.
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Name the Defense Mechanism
  • “Cheating on my taxes is no big deal. Everybody does it”