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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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She is described as "so pathetic in her defenselessness that his heart felt big with it"; as "being easily repressed," as having a "nervous little face," as possessing the "manner of a scared child," as "being as light and flexible as a bird," and as walking "as if she hardly touched the ground" (150, 109, 103, 178, 306).
The Emergency--coming so soon after Independence--dramatizes India's creative incapacity, its intellectual depletion, its defenselessness, the inadequacy of every Indian's idea of India,"(India: A Wounded Civilization 134) he lamented.
The story of the Crucifixion places the figure of Christ in exactly this position of chosen defenselessness. In his polemical tirade against Christianity, Nietzsche portrays Christ's behavior at the Cross in the following terms: "He doesn't resist, he doesn't put up a fight, he doesn't lift a finger to avoid the worst, in fact, he provokes it....
His defenselessness places him, however awkwardly, in the role of embattled clerical figure (the sacristan killed on his behalf conveniently impersonates this role more clearly).
While he believes that pacifism, or defenselessness, as he prefers, was not as universal among the early Anabaptist groups as the proponents of "the Anabaptist Vision" (Harold Bender and others) assumed, he also concludes it was not as relative as the "polygenesis" historians assert.
They also revealed how he felt about being "crucified" and his feelings of weakness and defenselessness. In his own words:
Nearly all dropouts described school as "painful." It became obvious that high levels of sensitivity among the dropouts contributed to the students' vulnerability and, in some cases, defenselessness. From this platform of extreme sensitivity among dropouts, we explored the theme of loss.
Sure to be much talked about, it is frightening precisely because it comes at a moment of such defenselessness. Like the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," it's a moment of terror.
As the war continued and Confederate Louisiana shrank, the state's women grew increasingly both discouraged and vocal regarding their privation and their state's defenselessness. On January 8, 1863, in a letter to Gen.
That the refusal of Jesus as the Messiah by rabbinical Judaism is a gift to Christians does not, from my perspective, implicate Jews in proving that Jesus was the Messiah, even though for Christians this rejection has contributed to the memory of the gospel's original defenselessness, and thus helped, perhaps in the providence of God, to save it.
odds," "horrible death," and "despairing fight"--encourages her audience to participate affectively in African American women's experience of defenselessness.
All of man's defenselessness was concentrated in them.