defense mechanism

defense mechanism
Synonyms and related words:
alienation, autism, autistic thinking, avoidance, avoidance mechanism, avoidance reaction, avoiding reaction, blame-shifting, block, blocking, circumvention, compensation, conversion, decompensation, defence, defense, defense in depth, defenses, dereism, dereistic thinking, deterrent capacity, displacement, dissociation, dodge, duck, ego defenses, elusion, elusiveness, emotional insulation, equivocation, escape, escape into fantasy, escape mechanism, escapism, evasion, evasive action, evasiveness, fantasizing, fantasy, flight, forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, getting around, guard, isolation, jink, mental block, negative taxis, negativism, neutrality, nonintervention, noninvolvement, overcompensation, prevention, projection, protection, psychological defenses, psychotaxis, rationalization, refraining, repression, resistance, self-defense, self-preservation, self-protection, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, slip, sociological adjustive reactions, sublimation, substitution, suppression, symbolization, the defensive, the runaround, ward, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, withdrawal, zigzag

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  • defense mechanism — n. 1. any self protective physiological system or reaction of an organism 2. Psychiatry any thought process, as repression, introjection, or sublimation, unconsciously used by an individual as a defense against feelings of guilt, anxiety, shame,… …   English World dictionary

  • defense mechanism — n 1) an often unconscious mental process (as repression, projection, or sublimation) that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problems 2) a defensive reaction by an organism * * * a usually unconscious mental process that serves to… …   Medical dictionary

  • defense mechanism — noun (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires • Syn: ↑defense reaction, ↑defence mechanism, ↑defence reaction, ↑defense, ↑defence • Topics: ↑psychia …   Useful english dictionary

  • defense mechanism — 1. Physiol. the defensive reaction of an organism, as against a pathogenic microorganism. 2. Psychol. an unconscious process, as denial, that protects an individual from unacceptable or painful ideas or impulses. [1890 95] * * * In psychoanalytic …   Universalium

  • defense mechanism — defense′ mech anism n. psl an unconscious process that protects an individual from unacceptable or painful ideas or impulses • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • defense mechanism — de fense ,mechanism noun count 1. ) something that happens in your mind that helps you deal with something such as a bad experience 2. ) a process in your body that prevents you from becoming sick …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • defense mechanism — noun Date: 1913 1. an often unconscious mental process (as repression) that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problems 2. a defensive reaction by an organism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • defense mechanism — reaction of self protection by an organism; mental process whereby one avoids unpleasant ideas or impulses (Psychoanalysis) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mechanism of defense — n DEFENSE MECHANISM (1) …   Medical dictionary

  • mechanism — [mek′ə niz΄əm] n. [ModL mechanismus < Gr mēchanē, MACHINE] 1. the working parts or arrangement of parts of a machine; works [the mechanism of a clock] 2. a) a system whose parts work together like those of a machine [the mechanism of the… …   English World dictionary

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