Defense Mechanisms

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jwhughes
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Defense Mechanisms
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2015-03-02 19:09:37
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Adaptive/Maladaptive
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  1. A shorter than average man becomes assertively verbal and excels in business
    • compensation
    • adaptive
  2. An individual drinks alcohol when self-esteem is low to temporarily diffuse discomfort
    • compensation
    • maladaptive
  3. Defense mechanism used to counterbalance perceived deficiencies by emphasizing strengths
    compensation
  4. Defense mechanism that is the unconscious transformation of anxiety into a physical symptom with no organic cause
    conversion
  5. Name 3 defense mechanisms that do not have any adaptive uses
    • conversion
    • splitting
    • projection
  6. A man becomes blind after seeing his wife flirt with other men
    • conversion
    • maladaptive
  7. Defense mechanism involves escaping unpleasant, anxiety-causing thoughts, feelings, wishes, or needs by ignoring their existence
    denial
  8. A man reflects to the death of a loved one by saying, "No, I don't believe you" to initially protect himself from the overwhelming news
    • Denial
    • adaptive
  9. A woman whose husband died 3 years ago still keeps his clothes in the closet and talks about him in the past tense
    • denial
    • maladaptive
  10. Defense mechanism is the transference of emotions associated with a particular person, object, or situation to another nonthreatening person, object, or situation
    displacement
  11. A child yells at his teddy bear after being picked on by the school bully
    • displacement
    • adaptive
  12. A child who is unable to acknowledge his fear of his father becomes fearful of animals
    • displacement
    • maladaptive
  13. Defense mechanism is a disruption in consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment that results in compartmentalizing uncomfortable or unpleasant aspects of oneself
    dissociation
  14. An art student is able to mentally separate herself from the noisy environment as she becomes absorbed in her work
    • dissociation
    • adaptive
  15. As the result of an abusive childhood and the need to separate from its realities, a woman finds herself perceptually disconnected from reality
    • Dissociation
    • maladaptive
  16. Defense mechanism is attributing oneself the characteristics of another person or group
    identification
  17. An 8 yr old girl dresses up like her teacher and puts together a pretend classroom for her friends
    • identification
    • adaptive
  18. A young boy thinks a neighborhood pimp with money and drugs is someone to look up to
    • identification
    • maladaptive
  19. Defense mechanism is a process in which events are analyzed based on remote, cold facts and without passion, rather than incorporating feeling and emotion into the processing
    Intellectualization
  20. Despite the fact that a man has lost his farm to a tornado, he analyzes his options and leads his child to safety
    • intellectualization
    • adaptive
  21. A man responds to the death of his wife by focusing on the details of day care and operating the household rather than processing the grief with his children
    • intellectualization
    • maladaptive
  22. Defense mechanism refers to the unconscious rejection of emotionally unacceptable features and attributing them to others
    projection
  23. A woman who has repressed an attraction toward other women refuses to socialize. She fears another woman will make homosexual advances toward her.
    • Projection
    • maladaptive
  24. Defense mechanism consists of justifying illogical or unreasonable ideas, actions, or feelings by developing acceptable explanations that satisfy the teller as well as the listener
    rationalization
  25. An employee says, "I didn't get the raise because the boss doesn't like me"
    • rationalization
    • adaptive
  26. A man who thinks his son was fathered by another man excuses his malicious treatment of the boy by saying, "he is lazy and disobedient" when that is not the case
    • rationalization
    • maladaptive
  27. Defense mechanism when unacceptable feelings or behaviors are controlled or kept out of awareness by developing the opposite behavior or emotion
    Reaction formation
  28. A recovering alcoholic constantly talks about the evils of drinking
    • reaction formation
    • adaptive
  29. A woman who has an unconscious hostility toward her daughter is overprotective and hovers over her to protect her from harm, interfering with her normal growth and development
    • reaction formation
    • maladaptive
  30. Defense mechanism reverting to another more primitive and childlike pattern of behavior that was not previously exhibited
    regression
  31. A four year old boy with a new baby brother temporarily starts sucking his thumb and asking for a bottle
    • regression
    • adaptive
  32. A man who loses a promotion starts complaining to others, hands in sloppy work, misses appointments, and comes in late to meetings
    • regression
    • maladaptive
  33. Defense mechanism is an unconscious exclusion of unpleasant or unwanted experiences, emotions, or ideas from conscious awareness
    repression
  34. A man forgets his wifes birthday after a marital fight
    • repression
    • adaptive
  35. A woman who is unable to enjoy sex after having pushed out of awareness a traumatic sexual incident from childhood
    • repression
    • maladaptive
  36. Defense mechanism is the inability to integrate the positive and negative qualities of oneself or others into a cohesive image
    splitting
  37. A 26 yr old woman initially values her acquaintances yet invariably becomes disillusioned when they turn out to have flaws
    • splitting
    • maladaptive
  38. Defense mechanism is an unconscious process of substituting mature and socially acceptable activity for immature and unacceptable impulses
    sublimation
  39. A woman who is angry with her boss writes a short story about a heroic woman
    • sublimation
    • adaptive
  40. Defense mechanism is the consciousness denial of a disturbing situation or feeling
    suppression
  41. A businessman who is preparing to make an important speech is told by his wife that morning she wants a divorce. Although visibly upset, he puts the incident aside until after his speech, when he can give the matter his total attention
    • suppression
    • adaptive
  42. A woman who feels a lump in her breast shortly before leaving for a 3 week vacation puts the information in the back of her mind until after returning from her vacation
    • suppression
    • maladaptive
  43. Defense mechanism is most commonly seen in children, it is when a person makes up for an act of communication
    undoing
  44. After flirting with her male secretary, h\a woman brings her husband tickets to a concert he wants to see
    • undoing
    • adaptive
  45. A man with rigid, moralistic beliefs and repressed sexuality is driven to wash his hands to gain composure when around attractive women
    undoing

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