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Nov 13

Freudian Defense Mechanisms Part III

Why Defense Mechanism?

5)*Rationalization-

Individual tries to justify his or her failure or short coming by giving some excuses.

Example 1:

Carlo as a student does not do well in his new evening classes. He makes use of rationalization to justify his failure. He always blames the time of the class which is in the evening.

Example 2:

Sara has decided to divorce her “good husband.”
When she was asked for an explanation : She said, “ He snores.”

6) *Compensation-

It is an attempt to cover one deficiency in one field by exhibiting his/her strength in another field.

Example 1:

Sam  was not a very good engineer, he showed his ability in the football sport.

He became one of the greatest football players in Asian football, and FINEST S T R I K E R in the history of the Asian soccer. This is a good example of compensation for an engineer.

Example 2:

Sam is an individual with poor family condition. Sam directed his energy into excelling at his job, and he has become a rich man.

Example 3:

Carlo as a young man experiences feelings of inferiority because he cannot make as many baskets (basketball) as his peers do in the games.

Because of these feelings of inadequacy, he pushes himself to overcome this weakness. He signs up for basketball practice and start practicing on his own every day after school.

Eventually he becomes an even better basketball player than many of his friends.

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