Defense Mechanism Review

Defense Mechanism Review

by: amyhood

In lesson 1 of Module 10 you learned about Freud's theory regarding defense mechanisms. According to Freud a defense mechanism is a psychological tendency that the Ego uses to help prevent us from becoming overwhelmed by any conflict (resulting in anxiety) between the Id, Ego, and Superego. Defense mechanisms operate at a subconscious level. Usually, in the moment, we are not aware that we are using them, but often we become aware later.

  1. 1

    A man who cheats on his wife accuses her of being unfaithful. This is an example of:

  2. 2

    Argh, my mother-in-law has come to stay for the weekend and she's driving me crazy. I'm just staying out of the way by doing the housework so that I don’t have to talk to her.

  3. 3

    Clare gets fired and blames her job loss on her co-workers. This is an example of which defense mechanism?

  4. 4

    Jose has an argument with his boss and yells at his kids when he gets home. Which defense mechanism is Mary displaying?

  5. 5

    Alexis is angry with Matt, but eventually she becomes friends and is nice to him. This is an example of what defense mechanism?

  6. 6

    Ashley was abused as a child. She doesn't remember the abuse but now struggles to trust others and form relationships.

  7. 7

    Karen decides to go out and party the whole week before her midterm instead of study. She fails her midterm, and tells her parents that she failed it due to being sick and not getting enough sleep.

  8. 8

    Instead of taking out his anger on others, Nathan, when he gets really angry, plays the saxophone. This is an example of what defense mechanism?

  9. 9

    Tony's friends confront him about his excess drinking, but he thinks he doesn't have a problem. Bill is experiencing:

  10. 10

    There is this girl at work who I hate so much. She's intimidating, disrespectful and offensive. Strangely, she's now one of my best friends and we get on really well.

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