defense mechanism definition

  • noun:
    • Biology A physiological reaction of an organism used in self-protection, as against disease.
    • mindset any one of numerous generally unconscious psychological procedures, including denial, projection, rationalization, and repression, that shield the pride from pity, anxiety, dispute, losing self-esteem, or other unacceptable emotions or ideas.
    • A psychological method utilized unconsciously by people to handle harmful or stressful circumstances.
    • An automatic reaction of the body against international antibodies.
    • (psychiatry) an unconscious process that attempts to decrease the anxiety involving instinctive desires

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