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rationalization

 [rash″on-al-ĭ-za´shun]
an unconscious defense mechanism in which a person finds logical reasons (justification) for his or her behavior while ignoring the real reasons. It is a form of self-deception unconsciously used to make tolerable certain feelings, behaviors, and motives that would otherwise be unacceptable. Everyone uses rationalization at some time or other and in most instances it is a relatively harmless behavior pattern; the danger lies in deceiving oneself habitually so that eventually harmful or destructive behavior comes to be justified in one's mind.

ra·tion·al·i·za·tion

(rash'un-ăl-i-zā'shŭn),
A postulated psychoanalytic defense mechanism through which irrational behavior, motives, or feelings are made to appear reasonable.
[L. ratio, reason]

rationalization

(răsh′ə-nə-lĭ-zā′shən)
n.
1. The act, process, or practice of rationalizing.
2. An instance of rationalizing.

rationalization

Psychology A defense mechanism in which a person attempts to justify or make consciously tolerable by plausible means, feelings, behavior, or motives that are otherwise intolerable; an explanation or justification for one's actions. See Ego defense mechanism, Projection.

ra·tion·al·i·za·tion

(rash'ŭn-ăl-ī-zā'shŭn)
A psychoanalytic defense mechanism through which irrational behavior, motives, or feelings are made to appear reasonable.
[L. ratio, reason]

ra·tion·al·i·za·tion

(rash'ŭn-ăl-ī-zā'shŭn)
Postulated psychoanalytic defense mechanism through which irrational behavior or feelings are made to appear reasonable.
[L. ratio, reason]
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