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Definition 1: (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for defence mechanism in the sense of this definition

(defence mechanism is a kind of ...) a mental process that you are not directly aware of

"the process of denial"

(defence mechanism is a kind of ...) a process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (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"

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors

(... is a kind of defence mechanism ) (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious

(defence mechanism belongs to category ...) the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders

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