Common Defence Mechanism


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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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

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      1. Always a pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Hope you are having a great day!
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  1. DiosRaw says:


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    1. GS says:

      Anna Freud called this defense mechanism regression, suggesting that people act out behaviors from the stage of psychosexual development in which they are fixated. For example, an individual fixated at an earlier developmental stage might cry or sulk upon hearing unpleasant news.

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      1. DiosRaw says:

        Yes, the Freud family are intriguing, it was fascinating to study his cosmology of psychology..

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      2. GS says:

        Ah yes..

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    1. GS says:

      Defense mechanisms are behaviors people use to separate themselves from unpleasant events, actions, or thoughts. These psychological strategies may help people put distance between themselves and threats or unwanted feelings, such as guilt or shame.

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