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Meaning of DEFENSE MECHANISM

Pronunciation:  di'fens 'meku`nizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
 
 Synonyms: defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense reaction
 
 See Also: compensation, conversion, denial, displacement, idealisation, idealization, intellectualisation, intellectualization, isolation, process, projection, psychoanalytic process, rationalisation, rationalization, reaction formation, regression, repression, unconscious process

 

 

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 Related Terms: 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, wishful thinking, wish-fulfillment fantasy, withdrawal, zigzag
 

 

 

 

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