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Meaning of REACTION FORMATION

 
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 Definition: 
[n]  (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them; "his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"
 
 See Also: defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction

 

 

 

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