Defense Mechanisms in Psychodynamic Theory
Date: Tuesday, November 22 @ 00:05:27 IST
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Commonly used defense mechanisms:
- Unconsciously expelling the anxiety provoking ideas or feeling from conscious awareness
Eg. Forgetting, Slips of tongues
Clinical Illustration : Psychogenic Amnesia
- Reversion to Childhood’s psychological functioning
Eg. Playful childlike activities
Clinical Illustration : Neuroses, Psychoses
- Involuntary exclusion of unpleasant & painful reality from conscious awareness
Eg. Grief 3 – 6 years olds
Clinical Illustration : Psychoses, Terminal Illness
- Repressed forbidden urge is simultaneously kept out of awareness & also expressed in disguised or symbolic form of Somatic Disturbance (Mostly sensory & Motor)
E.g. During Catastrophic stress
it always implies a psychopathology
Clinical Illustration : Hysteria (Conversion Disorder)
- Involuntary splitting of mental function from rest of the personality & allowing the forbidden impulses to express out without having any sense of responsibility for actions
Eg. Near Death Experience
Clinical Illustration : Fugue, Amnesia, Mulitiple Personality, Possesion Syndrome, Somnabulism, Dissociative Disorder.
- Unconcious shifting of emotions aroused out of threatening external object.
Eg. Deflection of anger on a substitute target.
Clinical Illustration : Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Providing Logical explanations for irrational behaviour motivated by unacceptable unconscious wishes.
Eg. a universal phenomenon
Clinical Illustration : Usually used to explain behaviours resulting from other defense mechanisms.
- Unconscious attributions of one’s own attitudes and urges to other person.
Eg. A universal phenomenon
Clinical Illustration : Persecutory delusions and Hallucinations
- Attaching oneself in an unreasonable or exaggerated way to some person or arresting emotional development.
Eg. A bacholor middle aged still depends on his mother to provide basic needs.
- Unconscious transformation of unacceptable impulses into inappropriate somatic concern
Eg. Abnormal Illness Behaviour in Physically Disordered or Normal Individuals
Clinical Illustration : Hypochondriasis