Reaction Formation in Psychology: Definition & Example


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A psychological defense mechanism that involves adopting the opposite emotions or behaviors ,of the ones truly felt, is known as what?

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1. Which of the following is a characteristic of reaction formation?

2. People that experience reaction formation often see things in very reductive terms, like good/bad or black/white, which is also known as:

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Reaction formation is a type of behavior that can at times be very confusing, and this quiz/worksheet will test your understanding of it. Some terms you will be assessed on are binary opposition and Stockholm Syndrome.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on:

  • The definition and characteristics of reaction formation
  • Binary opposition
  • Stockholm syndrome

Skills Practiced

The following skills will be assessed in the worksheet/quiz combination:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such reaction formation and binary opposition
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Stockholm syndrome
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of reaction formation

Additional Learning

To learn more about reaction formation, review the accompanying lesson, Reaction Formation in Psychology: Definition & Example. The following objectives are covered:

  • Define reaction formation
  • Understand exaggerated performance
  • Know the meaning of binary opposition
  • Review examples of reaction formation, specifically Stockholm's syndrome
  • Differentiate between acting out due to malice/lying and compulsive behavior