defence mechanisms


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defence mechanisms

Methods of coping with anxiety caused by conflict between desires and socially approved behaviour. The mechanisms include exclusion from consciousness (repression), denial, explaining away (rationalization), making exceptional efforts (compensation) and transfer of unacceptable qualities to others (projection). Strife commonly arises from unwise attempts to point out and demolish one another's defence mechanisms. See also DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS.
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We have also installed flood defence mechanisms at the most vulnerable properties.
Second, six Thematic Apperception Test--TAT cards (Murray, 1934), specifically cards number 8GF, 1, 13MF, 8BM, 7GF, and 5 were used to detect the types of defence mechanisms used by the respondents.
The demo of the first module, nanomedicine, compels the player to select a suitable vehicle to deliver an anti cancer compound, and then navigate through the bloodstream to the site of the tumour, while avoiding the bodies' natural defence mechanisms.
The study sought to determine whether an LHRH agonist can enhance recovery of T cells, which are essential for immune defence mechanisms.

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