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Sublimation Defense Mechanism

A psychological resource that channels socially unacceptable impulses into productive and socially acceptable outlets, fostering personal growth and creativity.

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"All daddies are mean to mommies"

  • Introjection/Internalization

A father who lost his job finds himself yelling at his kids more often.

  • Displacement

This situation is a good example of which defense mechanism? "Mae always fights with her mom. Instead of working on her relationship with her mom she hangs out with her best friend and ignores her mom's texts."

  • Compensation
  • Rationalization
  • Regression

A college student won't eat or sleep until all his work is done.

  • Asceticism

Regina, an aggressive child, had problems in elementary school, as she would frequently fight with other children. Regina found when she entered high school that she could channel this hostility into sports such as lacrosse and soccer.

  • projection
  • sublimation
  • repression
  • regression

offering self-justifying explanations in place of the real, more threatening unconscious reasons for one's actions

  • rationalization

A nurse is caring for a client who is undergoing treatment for substance use disorder. The client states that he drinks alcohol to relax because he works at least 60 hrs each week in a successful law firm but has not yet received recognition for his work. The nurse identify the client is exhibiting which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Suppressionb. Somatizationc. Compensationd. Dissociation

  • c. Compensation

During a group therapy session, a nurse notes several clients using multiple defense mechanisms. Which of the following client statements demonstrates the maladaptive use of regression?a. I wrote a short story about a heroic woman when I was really mad at my bossb. I don't care about work anymore since I was not given a promotionc. I mentally separate myself from distractions around me when I paint on canvasd. I still cannot remember the scene of my husband's car accident

  • b. I don't care about work anymore since I was not given a promotion

The attempt to focus on a specific socially accepted behavior because we lack the talent/ability/motivation/etc. to succeed at another.

  • Compensation

The girl who was not invited to the school dance told her friends that she would not have attended if asked. She said that her teachers had assigned more homework than usual and that she was simply too busy for any unimportant social functions.

  • denial
  • projection
  • rationalization
  • sublimation

A boy is interested in a girl but acts aloof and disinterested when around her

  • Reaction Formation

Not throwing away your dog leash and dog collar after your dog died, because you are hoping he comes back is an example of which defense mechanism?

  • Projection
  • Denial
  • Reaction Formation
  • Sublimation

A client is admitted with post-traumatic stress disorder following a fire in his home in which family members died. Which of the following should the nurse recognize as an adaptive defense mechanism?

  • a. The client begins reading a book when he experiences hand tremors in response to loud noise.
  • b. The client makes a decision to postpone a needed surgery
  • c. The client focuses on discussing his daily routine when asked about the fire
  • d. The client develops stomach pains when fire is seen on television

Refusing to let into awareness unacceptable thoughts, feelings, emotions

  • Repression

For the third time in a row, a nurse has entered a client's room to tell him it is time to go for his physical therapy appointment only to have the client respond that he cannot go due to nausea, a headache, or chest pain. The nurse should identify the client is exhibiting which of the following defense mechanisms a. Suppression b. Somatizationc. Projectiond. Dissociation

  • b. Somatization

The expression of an emotion that is the opposite of what you truly feel.

  • Reaction formation
  • Regression
  • Sublimation
  • Displacement

A nurse is admitting a client to an alcohol abuse program. The client states, "I'm here because of my boss. It was part of my job to go to parties and drink with clients." The client's statement is an example of which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Reaction Formationb. Compensationc. Rationalization d. Suppression

  • c. Rationalization

A behavior is justified with reasons or consequences that are not necessarily grounded in reality.

  • Rationalization

Emotinal distance between the subject and a situation is put by using facts and figures

  • Intellectualization

A nurse is counseling a client for the management of anxiety. The client is consistently late for appointments and ignores household chores. The client states, "I'm just too stressed. I need someone to take care of me." The nurse identifies this behavior as an example of which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Dissociationb. Introjectionc. Regression d. Repression

  • c. Regression

Lucas really hates his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, but when he sees him at the basketball court he pretends they are bros.

  • reaction formation
  • denial
  • displacement
  • projection

A nurse is caring for a client who sustained a minor injury during a street fight in which two of the clients' friends were stabbed. The client tells the nurse the he doesn't remember anything that happened after he and his friends first saw the suspects in the stabbing. The nurse should identify the client is exhibiting which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Suppressionb. Somatizationc. Projectiond. Dissociation

  • d. Dissociation

A nurse at a college campus mental health counseling center is caring for a student who just failed an examination. The student spends the session berating the teacher and the course. The nurse should recognize this behavior as which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Conversionb. Projectionc. Undoingd. Regression

  • b. Projection

The unconscious avoidance of a certain event, which is usually manifested as a loss of memory

  • Repression

Placing unacceptable impulses from one person to another

  • Projection

A woman decides to become a psychologist because her Mom is one.

  • Identification

Distorting reality and not acknowledging emotions or events

  • Denial

This is when a person tries to make up for his/her weaknesses by developing strengths in other areas?

  • Denial
  • Humor
  • Compensation
  • Day Dreaming

This situation is a good example of which defense mechanism? "It's OK to post hurtful comments online because everyone does it."

  • Denial
  • Reaction Formation
  • Rationalization
  • Compensation

A person transfers the emotions he or she feels from the original situation or object to another situation or object?

  • Daydreaming
  • Denial
  • Projection
  • Displacement

A man with a lot of aggressive energy becomes a professional rugby player

  • Sublimation

This situation is a good example of which defense mechanism? "Smiling all day even when you know you have a wake/funeral to attend at night."

  • Reaction Formation
  • Compensation
  • Rationalization
  • Projection

An attempt to avoid expressing actual emotions associated with a stressful situation by using the intellectual processes of logic, reasoning, and analysis

  • intellectualization

Mrs. Brown often accuses other women of talking too much and spreading rumors. It is rather obvious to those who know her that she is revealing her own inclinations in that area.

  • sublimation
  • reaction formation
  • denial
  • projection

A woman is unfaithful but accuses her husband of cheating on her

  • Projection

an unconscious psychological defense that reduces the anxiety that may result from unacceptable urges or harmful stimuli

  • sublimation

A nurse manager is preparing to confront a staff nurse who is abusing alcohol. Which of the following defense mechanisms should the nurse manager expect the staff nurse to use?a. Projectionb. Rationalizationc. Repressiond. Denial

  • d. Denial

Displacing unacceptable instincts for constructive and socially acceptable behaviors.

  • Sublimation

Characterized by rigor and self-denial

  • Asceticism

A teenager gets into a loud argument with his parents but then cleans up his room without being asked

  • Undoing

This situation is a good example of which defense mechanism? "Stomping your feet and slamming your bedroom door after you and your parents get into a fight."

  • Denial
  • Compensation
  • Reaction Formation
  • Regression

Reverting back to immature behavior from an earlier stage of development

  • Repression
  • Regression
  • Sublimation
  • Displacement

Unacceptable feelings are expressed as their opposite

  • Reaction Formation

A man attends anger management classes but states that he doesn't have a problem

  • Denial

people overachieve in one area to compensate for failures in another

  • compensation

A woman recently diagnosed with depression focuses on learning about

  • Intellectualization

banishes anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories from consciousness

  • repression

Retreating to an earlier time that seems less threatening and requires less responsibility?

  • Regression
  • Rationalization
  • Repression
  • Compensation

"I'm afraid of snakes, but I'm not sure why "

  • Repression

Consciously avoiding the feelings or situations that a certain traumatic memory provokes

  • Suppression

"I didn't have time to go to the gym because I had to make dinner for my kids "

  • Rationalization

switching unacceptable impulses into their opposites

  • reaction formation

Defense mechanisms are behaviors that an individual might use to cope with an uncomfortable situation or problem.

  • True
  • False

Refusal to accept reality is what?

  • Projection
  • Compensation
  • Denial
  • Regression

When affect is transferred from one object to another

  • Displacement

Defense mechanism by which people refuse to accept reality.

  • denial

Putting someone down and making them feel awful, when you really feel bad about yourself is an example of which defense mechanism?

  • Compensation
  • Projection
  • Rationalization
  • Undoing

Process by which content is separated from repressed affect

  • Intellectualization

Mrs. Scott can’t understand why her husband has been so grumpy and irritable for the past week. It certainly isn’t her fault that he didn’t get to play in last weeks basketball game.

  • denial
  • displacement
  • sublimatin
  • reaction formation

Process by which qualities of an external object are absorbed into one's personality

  • Identification

a person redirects a negative emotion from its original source to a less threatening recipient.

  • Displacement

disguising one's own threatening impulses by attributing them to others

  • projection

A young adult client with a new diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis states, "The pain in my joints is just a temporary thing. If I keep eating right and exercising, it'll go away." The nurse should identify the client is exhibiting which of the following defense mechanisms? a. Denial b. Displacementc. Rationalizationd. Reaction Formation

  • a. Denial

Characteristics of other people or events are taken in as one's own

  • Introjection/Internalization

A nurse is caring for a client who is having an adverse medication reaction. The client states, "The nurse told me not to drink when taking the medication, but she didn't tell me having just one drink could cause a problem." The nurse should identify the client is exhibiting which of the following defense mechanisms. a. Denial b. Displacement c. Rationalizationd. Reaction Formation

  • c. Rationalization

An attempt to justify one’s actions with an excuse rather than by admitting one’s failure or mistake?

  • Denial
  • Repression
  • Regression
  • Rationalization

Process by which we avoid being punished for undesirable thoughts or actions

  • Undoing

A nurse is caring for a client who states, "I really can't stand my roommate. Is there anything you can do to get me a bed in another room?" When the roommate comes back into the room, the client offers to share the box of cookies her family brought her with the roommate. The nurse should identify the client is exhibiting which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Denialb. Displacementc. Rationalizationd. Reaction Formation

  • d. Reaction Formation

A nurse is caring for a client who professes a deep and everlasting love for his girlfriend one day, and the next day refuses to speak to her or allow her to visit. The nurse recognizes this client behavior which of the following defense mechanisms?a. Repressionb. Splittingc. Sublimationd. Undoing

  • d. Undoing

A person shifts the blame and/or responsibility for his/her actions or thoughts to another person?

  • Projection
  • Compensation
  • Regression
  • Repression

A nurse is caring for a group of clients on a mental health unit. Which of the following should the nurse recognize as a maladaptive defense mechanism?a. A client slams a drawer after misplacing her walletb. A man buys his partner a gift after flirting with his secretaryc. A client forgets to schedule needed appointments when fearing chemotherapyd. A client ignores the thought of pain when scheduled for oral therapy

  • c. A client forgets to schedule needed appointments when fearing chemotherapy

Using plausible reasons to justify an action or opinion

  • Rationalization

deal with anxiety with an infantile method of coping

  • regression
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