Ego defense mechanisms
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Ego defense mechanisms
lccc nursing psych
psych class; ego defense mechanisms
What does compensation mean? an ex?
Overachievment in one area to offset real or perceived deficiencies in another area
ex. Nurse with low self esteem works double shifts so her supervisor will like her
What does conversion mean? an ex.?
expression of an emotional conflict through the development of a physical symptom, usually sensorimotor in nature
: teenager forbidden to see x rated movies is tempted to do so by friends and develops blindness, and the teenager is unconcerned about the loss of sight
What does suppression mean? ex?
Conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts and feelings from conscious awareness?
: a student decides not to think about parents illness in order to study for test
What does denial mean? ex
Failure to acknowledge an unbearable condition; failure to admit the reality of a situation; or how one enables to enable the problem to continue
: diabetic eating chocolate candy
What does undoing mean? an ex.?
Exhibiting acceptable behavior to make up for or negate unacceptable behavior
: a spouse who cheats on his wife brigs her a bouquet of roses
What does displacement mean? an ex.?
Ventilation of intense feelings towards persons less threatening then the one who arose those feelings.
: a person who is mad at the boss yells at his or her spouse or child
What does disassociation mean? an ex.?
Dealing with emotional conflict by a temporary alteration in consciousness or identity
: amnesia that prevents recall of yesterdays auto-accident
What does substitution mean? an ex.?
Replacing the desired gratification with one that is more readily available
: Woman who desires children opens her own daycare
What does fixation mean? an ex.?
Immobilization of a portion of the personality resulting from unsuccessful completion of tasks in a development stage
: lack of a clear sense of identity as an adult
What does repression mean? an ex.?
excluding emotional painful or anxiety provoking thoughts and feelings from conscious awareness
: the woman has no memory of the mugging she suffered yesterday
What does identification mean? an ex.?
Modeling actions and opinions of influential others, while searching for identity, or aspiring to reach a personal, social, or occupational goal
ex. nursing student becomes critical care nurse because this is the specialty of a professor she admires.
What does rationalization mean? an ex.?
Excusing own behavior to avoid guilt, responsibility, conflict, anxiety or loss of self respect
: Student blames failure on teacher being mean
What does sublimation mean? an ex.?
Substituting a socially acceptable activity for an impulse that is unacceptable
: person who has quit smoking sucks on hard candy when the urge to smoke arises
What does regression mean? an ex.?
moving back to a previous development stage in order to feel safe or have needs met
: five year old asks for bottle when new baby brother is being fed
What does projection mean? an ex.?
Unconscious blaming of unacceptable inclinations or thoughts on an external object
: Man who has thought about same-gender sexual relationship but never had one, beats man who is gay
What does introjection mean? an ex.?
Accepting another person's attitudes, beliefs, and values as one's own
: a person who dislikes guns becomes an avid hunter, just like best friend
What does resistance mean? ex?
Overt or covert antagonism toward remembering or processing anxiety-producing information
: nurse is too busy with tasks to spend time talking to dying patients
What does reaction-formation mean? an ex.?
Acting the opposite of what one thinks or feels
: person who despises the boss tells everyone what a great boss she is