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intellectualization

 [in″tĕ-lek″choo-al-ĭ-za´shun]
an unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning is used to avoid confronting an objectionable impulse and thus to defend against anxiety.

in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion

(in'te-lek'chū-ăl-i-zā'shŭn),
An unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning, logic, or focusing on and verbalizing intellectual minutiae used in an attempt to avoid confrontation with an objectionable impulse, affect, or interpersonal situation.
[L. intellectus, perception, discernment]

intellectualization

/in·tel·lec·tu·al·iza·tion/ (in″tĕ-lek″choo-al-ĭ-za´shun) an unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning is used to avoid confronting an objectionable impulse, emotional conflict, or other stressor and thus to defend against anxiety.

intellectualization

(ĭn′tl-ĕk′cho͞o-ə-lĭ-zā′shən)
n. Psychology
1. The act or process of intellectualizing.
2. An unconscious means of protecting oneself from the emotional stress and anxiety associated with confronting painful personal fears or problems by excessive reasoning.

intellectualization

[in′təlek′cho̅o̅·əlīzā′shən]
Etymology: L, intellectus + Gk, izein, to cause
1 (in psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which reasoning is used as a means of blocking a confrontation with an unconscious conflict and the emotional stress associated with it.
2 the overuse of abstract thinking or generalizations to control or minimize painful feelings.

intellectualization

Psychiatry The use of reasoning in response to confrontation with unconscious conflicts and accompanying stressful emotions

in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion

(in'tĕ-lek'shū-ăl-ī-zā'shŭn)
An unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning, logic, or focusing on and verbalizing intellectual minutiae is used in an attempt to avoid confrontation with an objectionable impulse, affect, or interpersonal situation.
[L. intellectus, perception, discernment]

intellectualization

A DEFENCE MECHANISM in which a personal problem is analysed in purely intellectual terms, the emotional aspects being deliberately excluded.
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Some teachers had initially resisted the pressures to decrease the teaching of practical skills, but eventually were forced to accommodate themselves to the pressures towards intellectualisation exerted by HMI and LEA inspectors.
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As practicing therapists, we know that intellectualisations have limited value in sessions, and we wish our clients to do more than construct conceptual analyses.

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