Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Types & Examples


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How do defense mechanisms help people?

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1. Which defense mechanism might explain why someone has no memory of a brutal attack?

2. Which defense mechanism might explain why someone thinks a rejection letter is a mistake?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Defense mechanisms are emotional responses experienced by everyone. This quiz will test your knowledge of the different kinds of defense mechanisms and their emotional and mental uses by presenting specific scenarios.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will feature the following:

  • How defense mechanisms are helpful
  • Anger over failing a test
  • Jealousy
  • No memory of a painful attack

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the defense mechanism lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different kinds of defense mechanisms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to determine which defense mechanisms apply in different scenarios

Additional Learning

To learn more about defense mechanisms, review the accompanying article titled Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Types & Examples. The article details the uses and definitions of the common defense mechanisms, including:

  • Denial
  • Projection
  • Somatization
  • Regression
  • Intellectualization
  • Repression
  • Polarized thinking