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defense

 [de-fens´]
behavior directed to protection of the individual from injury.
character defense any character trait, e.g., a mannerism, attitude, or affectation, which serves as a defense mechanism.
insanity defense a legal concept that a person cannot be convicted of a crime if he lacked criminal responsibility by reason of insanity at the time of commission of the crime.
defense mechanism in psychology, an unconscious mental process or coping pattern that lessens the anxiety associated with a situation or internal conflict and protects the person from mental discomfort. In the theory of psychoanalysis, the ego, following the reality principle, conforms to the demands of the outside world, but the id (repressed unconscious), following the pleasure principle, pursues immediate gratification of desires and reduction of psychic tension. The superego (conscience or morality) may take either side. Defense mechanisms develop in order to control impulses or feelings that lead to inner conflicts, to reach compromises between conflicting impulses, and to reduce inner tensions. They help to manage or avoid anxiety, aggression, hostility, resentment, and frustration. Defense mechanisms are not pathological in themselves; they can be a means of dealing with unbearable situations. Among the most common defense mechanisms are denial, displacement, identification, projection, rationalization, reaction-formation, repression, and sublimation.
defense reaction a mental reaction that shuts out from consciousness ideas not acceptable to the ego. See also defense mechanism.

de·fense

(dē-fents'),
The psychological mechanisms used to control anxiety, for example, rationalization, projection.
[L. defendo, to ward off]
Forensic psychology See Character Defence, Denim Defense, Insanity Defence
Immunology A mechanism by which an organism protects itself from foreign antigens and pathogens
Malpractice Any legal argument offered by a defendant that would either preclude or mitigate recovery of damages for a wrong allegedly committed by the defendant
Microbiology See Antibiotic resistance
Psychology A mechanism by which a person minimises harm to his/her psyche or by which one controls anxiety

defense

Medical malpractice Any legal argument offered by a defendant that would either preclude or mitigate recovery of damages for a wrong allegedly committed by a defendant. See Affirmative defense, Black rage defense, Character defense, Insanity defense Psychology A mechanism by which a person minimizes harm to his/her psyche or to control anxiety. See Defense mechanism.

de·fense

(dĕ-fens')
1. The psychological mechanisms used to control anxiety, e.g., rationalization, projection.
2. Any protective posture, drug, or device.
Synonym(s): defence.
[L. defendo, to ward off]

de·fense

(dĕ-fens')
1. The psychological mechanisms used to control anxiety.
2. Any protective posture, drug, or device.
Synonym(s): defence.
[L. defendo, to ward off]

Patient discussion about defense

Q. How have people coped with dealing with depression? I have bi-polar II mixed disorder and I have been a candidate for no medication. I haven't taken medication for the last 3 years. I've recently been struggling with alleviating my depression.

A. The book is called An Unquiet Mind.
Nicholas, talk to your friends and family, tell them what goes on in your head during episodes, tell them what your journey has been like with this illness. Give them an opportunity to ask questions, teach them what your triggers are. Teach them what you want them to do when you are experiencing a mania or a depression. You are your own best tool when teaching the ones you love about this illness.
Good luck, I am sure if you open up and talk to them about it they will listen and learn, you will make them better people for it.

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Chapters describe the techniques, skills and drills used by professional tennis players in their training sessions, as well as strategies for raising power, control, and defensive skills, recommended exercises, and solid tennis strategies, such as faking a net approach to throw off the opponent or using a "shuffle step" to reach tennis balls nearby.
My answer was yes, and since we believed that defense has a greater affect than offense on the outcome of games, we created a 5-on-4 Scramble as a competitive and fun game that would reinforce the defensive skills learned from the traditional Shell Drill.
While it is utterly required that one strive for and attain defensive skills with his or her arms, at times it is best to take up a solid defensive position and call in reinforcements.
During spring training, 19-year-old Desmond caused such excitement with his sharp defensive skills that Nationals general manager Jim Bowden crowed to the Washington Post, "He reminds me of Derek Jeter, except those were Ian Desmond plays, not Derek Jeter plays.
``I am afraid we have never had the players together long enough to work on any subtleties, so we have concentrated on the basics, like developing handling and defensive skills.
It's about testing your defensive skills, not seeing who has the best skills, not seeing who has the best equipment.
By halime neither side had dominated, but Edgbaston distinguished with impressive defensive skills. Anthony Straw eventually secured victory.
The defensive skills of the Chinese players were, however, sharp on the day as they deprived the French players of any goal till the first half of the match.
Barriga displayed the defensive skills that earned him the nickname Pinoy Mayweather.
Alvarez nailed 20 kills for 21 points and also flashed impressive defensive skills with 13 digs and eight receptions.
Shaughnessy, who arrived at McDiarmid Park after the striker headed for Sheffield Wednesday three years ago, is expecting nothing but a tough examination of his defensive skills.
Molina said her power, defensive skills and motivation will be her contribution to the team that will also be bolstered with seven foreign players in the Oct.