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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.
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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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