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Psychological Defenses

Psychological Defenses

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will explain how psychological defense mechanisms are utilized in different situations.

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Terms to Know
Defense Mechanisms

Unconscious learned patterns of protecting oneself from anxiety.


A mood disorder marked by low affect or emotion and reduced activity, lack of enjoyment in activities, and feelings of loneliness and hopelessness.


The feeling that things will get better and that a person isn't helpless.

Learned Helplessness

When a person learns over time that they are unable to overcome or escape certain obstacles and learns to accept them.