Defense Mechanisms These protect your EGO! REPRESSION Forgetting a painful memory Ex. Abuse RATIONALIZATION The attempt to justify actions, attitudes, or thoughts on what are meant to be logical grounds. (Deception by reason) This defense usually involves making up acceptable excuses for behaviors that cause us to feel anxious. Making-up an excuse. SUBLIMATION Finding a socially acceptable outlet for unacceptable social behavior. Bully becomes Boxer REACTION FORMATION Act the opposite of what you feel to protect your feelings. Ex. Boyfriend/girlfriend 6th grade. IDENTIFICATION Join the Gang, wear the colors. DISPLACEMENT Taking out your anger on a nonthreatening object or person. Ex. Punch the Wall COMPENSATION Not good at school, go into sports FANTASY An attempt to escape into a dream world when conflicts become too overwhelming. Daydreams may be a substitute for what a person is unable to accomplish in reality. “One day I’ll be in the Majors!” REGRESSION Going back to an earlier behavior in childhood. Crying to the cop. PROJECTION Putting your own feelings onto others.