Ego defense mechanisms

compensation

disabled boy is unable to participate in football, so he COMPENSATES by being a great scholar

Denial

woman drinks alcohol everyday, cannot stop, and does not acknowledge she has a problem

displacement

a client is angry at his doctor and does not express it but becomes verbally abusive with the nurse

identification

teenager who required lengthy rehabilitation after an accident decides to become a physical therapist as a result of his experiences

intellectualization

she hides her anxiety about moving by explaining to her parents the advantages of the move

introjection

Children integrate their parents' value system into the process of conscience formation. A child says to a friend, "Don't cheat. It's wrong.

isolation

a young woman describes being attacked and raped without showing any emotion

projection

sue feels a strong sexual attraction to her track coach and tells her friend, "He's coming on to me!

rationalization

John says, "I drink because it is the only way I can deal with my bad marriage and my worse job.

reaction formation

jane hates nursing. she attended nursing school to please her parents. during career day, she speaks to prospective students about the excellence of nursing

regression

when 2 year old is hospitalized, he will drink from a bottle, even though his mom says he was been drinking from a cup for 6 months

repression

a trauma victim is unable to remember anything about the event

sublimation

a mom whose son was killed by a drunk driver channels her anger by being the president of mothers against drunk drivers

suppression

Scarlett O'Hara says, "I don't want to think about that now. I'll think about that tomorrow.

undoing

Joe is nervous about his new job and yells at his wife. On his way home he stops and buys her some flowers.