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Defense Mechanisms

Scope Note: 
Intrapsychic strategies used by individuals to avoid or confront unreasonable or undesirable impulses, feelings, or ideas (Note: For physiological or zoological defense mechanisms, use "Defense Reactions (Physiology)" or "Animal Defenses" as Identifiers)
Category: Mental Health
Broader Terms
Psychological Patterns
Narrower Terms
N/A
Use this term instead of
Denial (Psychology) (2004)
Related Terms
Coping
Emotional Adjustment
Emotional Response
Personality Traits
Self Concept
Self Control
Social Adjustment
Added to ERIC: 4/25/1990