Can You Identify These Defense Mechanisms?

Discover just how well you understand the ego's mechanisms of defense.

1. Jen quits school to ensure she doesn't have to speak in public. What defense mechanism is she using?

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2. While she wanted to be a doctor, Gwen didn't get accepted to medical school and became a pharmacist instead.

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

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4. Which defense mechanism did Freud believe to be a sign of maturity?

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

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6. During her morning jog, Linda encounters a growling dog and fears the animal will bite her. Freud identified this as:

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

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8. Mary has an argument with her boss and yells at her kids when she gets home. Which defense mechanism is Mary displaying?

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9. After being diagnosed with cancer, Greg learns everything he can about his illness. His response is an example of:

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

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Can You Identify These Defense Mechanisms?

You got: % Correct. You're the Next Sigmund Freud

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There is a new expert in town! You have a solid grasp on what how defense mechanisms help protect the ego from anxiety. You love psychoanalyzing people and you know all about the complex relationship between the id, ego and superego.

Add to your psychoanalytic expertise by learning a bit more about some interesting facts about Sigmund Freud's life and some of his best-known theories.

Do you think you have what it takes to be the next great psychoanalyst? Here are a few signs that you just might be the next Sigmund Freud.

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Can You Identify These Defense Mechanisms?

You got: % Correct. You're an Armchair Psychologist

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You did pretty well and you have a good grasp of some of the basics. You are a natural people-reader, so you have a great sense of what makes people do the things they do. If you want to learn more, start by take a closer look at some of the major defense mechanisms as well as the complicated relationship between the id, ego and superego.

Do you think you might have what it takes to become a psychoanalyst? Check out some of the top signs that you might be the next Sigmund Freud.

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Can You Identify These Defense Mechanisms?

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You might be new to the study of Freud's theories, but you still have a pretty good sense of what makes people tick. Brushing up on some of the basics can give you a better grasp of how the defense mechanisms work to protect the ego from anxiety.

Freudian theories can be challenging to understand at first, but you can deepen your understanding of these concepts by exploring the conscious and unconscious mind as well as the complex relationship between the id, ego and superego.

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Can You Identify These Defense Mechanisms?

You got: % Correct. You're No Psychoanalyst

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Let's face it; Freudian theories aren't everybody's thing. You might need to learn more about these concepts for your psychology class, however, so start by exploring some of the major defense mechanisms. It might also help to learn more about the id, ego and superego as well as the conscious and unconscious mind.

You might not be the next Sigmund Freud, but there is a chance that another area of psychology might appeal to you more. Perhaps you are more of a behaviorist, humanist or cognitivist, perhaps?

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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