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Definition 1: (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 - [noun denoting process]

Samples where reaction formation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive

(reaction formation is a kind of ...) (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

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

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