Defense Mechanisms (Psychology)

Repression
suppress things unconsciously (remains unconscious)
Displacement
taking out built-up feelings of frustration or anger on objects or people less dangerous than those who initially aroused that feeling (taking things out on other people)
Fantasy
satisfying frustrated desires by imagining a scenario in which they come true
Identification
feeling better about oneself by identifying with a successful person or their positive attributes
Isolation
separating feelings and emotions of an event into compartments so they are never thought about in relation to one another
Overcompensation
covering up a perceived weakness by overemphasizing on some other characteristic or making up for a frustration in one area by gratifying oneself in another (overeating)
Projection
blame ones own forbidden desires and wants on others; the unconscious transfer of one’s own desires or emotions to another person
Sublimation
where socially unacceptable impulses are transformed into socially acceptable behavior
Rationalization
attempting to justify an action to oneself and others by “proving” it to be rational (this is why I did it; why it makes sense) (smoker stating that something else will kill him any way so he mine as well smoke)
Reaction Formation
preventing oneself from expressing unacceptable feelings by expressing the opposite (having a bad day presenting yourself as happy)
Regression
childish, immature behavior
Denial
refusing to perceive reality