LAW & MEDIATION OFFICES
CRAWFORD ANNIS & CRAWFORD
EGO DEFENSE MECHANISMS
TRANSFERENCE: Transferring feelings from an earlier powerful relationship with a figure from the past, such as a parent, to someone, such as an attorney, in the present.
ACTING OUT: Translating the feeling into behavior.
COMPENSATION: Making up for feelings of inferiority in one area by becoming excessively competent in another area.
RATIONALIZATION: Giving a rational reason to behavior which is performed for another unconsciously unacceptable reason.
PROJECTION: Attributing an emotion to another which is really felt by the client.
REPRESSION: Keeping a thought, feeling or impulse at an unconscious level.
ATONEMENT: Making up for an unacceptable act by performing a good act.
SUBLIMATION: Expressing "taboo" or forbidden impulses through creative channels.
DISPLACEMENT: Expressing a forbidden feeling one has about a powerful figure towards a less powerful, safer object.
FANTASY: Engaging in fantasy to overcome an assault to self esteem.
REACTION FORMATION: Acting in a way directly opposite to the unconscious impulse, or feeling.
REGRESSION: Reverting to behavior characteristic of an earlier, less mature stage of development.
COUNTERTRANSFERENCE: Transferring feelings by the attorney/therapist to patient/client. The professional may be responding to transference on the part of the client/patient, or may be responding to an earlier figure from the professional's past, e.g., the professional's ex-spouse.
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Debra Crawford Annis
Family Law/Divorce Attorney & Mediator