Hiding behind your defenses feels safe in the moment, but it only keeps you stuck and unable to grow. Defense mechanisms create a false sense of comfort instead of breeding authentic self-confidence. What is a defense mechanism, and how can you learn a healthy alternative? Studying this list of defense mechanisms can help you identify the ones you might be using and provide the clarity you need to break self-defeating habits.
- Repression – Relegation of threatening wishes, needs, or impulses into unawareness.
- Projection – Attribution of conflicted thoughts or feelings to another or to a group of people.
- Denial – Refusal to appreciate information about oneself or others.
- Identification – Patterning of oneself after another.
- Projective Identification – Attribution of unacceptable personality characteristics onto another followed by identification with that other.
- Regression – Partial return to earlier levels of adaptation to avoid conflict.
- Splitting – Experiencing of others as being all good or all bad, i.e. idealisation or devaluation.
- Reaction formation – Transformation of an unwanted thought or feeling into its opposite.
- Isolation – Divorcing of a feeling from its unpleasant idea.
- Rationalisation – Use of seemingly logical explanations to make untenable feelings or thoughts more acceptable.
- Displacement – Redirection of unpleasant feelings or thoughts onto another object.
- Dissociation – Splitting off of thought or feeling from its original source.
- Conversion – Transformation of unacceptable wishes or thoughts into body sensations.
- Sublimation – Mature mechanism whereby unacceptable thoughts and feelings are channeled into socially acceptable ones.
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