defence mechanism


defence mechanism
the means whereby an undesirable impulse can be avoided or controlled. Many defence mechanisms have been described, including repression, projection, reaction formation, sublimation, and splitting. They may be partly responsible for such problems as tics, stammering, and phobias.

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  • Defence mechanism — For the biological concept, see Antipredator adaptation. Part of a series of articles on Psychoanalysis …   Wikipedia

  • defence mechanism — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms defence mechanism : singular defence mechanism plural defence mechanisms 1) a reaction in your mind that makes you forget things that are unpleasant to think about 2) a reaction in your body that protects you… …   English dictionary

  • defence mechanism — noun (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires • Syn: ↑defense mechanism, ↑defense reaction, ↑defence reaction, ↑defense, ↑defence • Topics: ↑psychia …   Useful english dictionary

  • defence mechanism — de fence .mechanism BrE defense mechanism AmE n 1.) a process in your brain that makes you forget things that are painful for you to think about 2.) a reaction in your body that protects you from an illness or danger …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defence mechanism — BrE, defense mechanism AmE noun (C) 1 a process in your brain that makes you forget things that are painful for you to think about 2 a reaction in your body that protects you from an illness or danger …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • defence mechanism — the means whereby an undesirable impulse can be avoided or controlled. Many defence mechanisms have been described, including repression, projection, reaction formation, sublimation, and splitting. They may be partly responsible for such problems …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • defence mechanism — Unconscious psychological mechanisms, delineated by Sigmund Freud , that the ego uses to defend the individual from unacceptable instinctual impulses which must be hidden from consciousness. Best known are repression and projection ; others… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • defence mechanism — reaction of self protection by an organism; mental process whereby one avoids unpleasant ideas or impulses (Psychoanalysis) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • defence mechanism — noun an automatic reaction of the body against disease causing organisms. ↘a mental process initiated, typically unconsciously, to avoid experiencing conflict or anxiety …   English new terms dictionary


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