Defense Mechanisms

Freudian Defense Mechanisms

The father and daughter tandem of Sigmund and Anna Freud are considered to be pioneers in the formation of several reactions now referred to as defense mechanisms. Primarily, defense mechanisms were thought of as personality traits that individuals manifest unknowingly when they experience losses or encounter traumatic experiences. Sigmund Freud espoused that defense mechanisms are […]

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Defense Mechanisms

The emotion and physiological arousal created by stressful situation are highly uncomfortable and this discomfort motivates the individual to do something to alleviate it. To protect against stress, a person must use a variety of tactics that keep unacceptable or unpleasant emotionalities out of conscious awareness. Freud refers to these as defense mechanisms used by […]

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