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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
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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.
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intellectualization

Psychiatry The use of reasoning in response to confrontation with unconscious conflicts and accompanying stressful emotions
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

intellectualization

A DEFENCE MECHANISM in which a personal problem is analysed in purely intellectual terms, the emotional aspects being deliberately excluded.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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(3.) In my reliance on a concept of intellectualisation I implicitly reference Cora Diamond's view of the place of deflection in philosophy.
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.
Projects of this sort all involved a large amount of 'investigation' and written work, and illustrate the intellectualisation ('depracticalisation') of practical subjects in Britain.
We are then introduced to 'coping' beginning with Freud's spectrum of unconscious coping through denial, intellectualisation and repression, and its dangers (for Freud, of anxiety or depression); but Milne is more interested in the conscious coping he wishes his book to encourage.
According to Dr Padmaraju, nurses and social workers employ intellectualisation, a defence mechanism whereby reasoning is used to stop the confrontation of emotional stress.
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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