defense reaction


defense reaction
noun
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
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defense mechanism or defense reaction,
1. any self-protective reaction by an organism, such as the development of resistance to infection.
2. Psychology. any psychological device by which a person limits or prevents his own awareness of unpleasant feelings such as guilt or anxiety, by rationalizing or denying a situation, concealing or repressing an unacceptable drive, or transferring emotion to a new object or activity.

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