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Glossary of High Yield Behavioral Science

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avoiding personally unacceptable feelings by behaving in an attention-getting, often socially inappropriate, manner
acting out
unselfishly assisting others to avoid negative personal feelings
altruism
not believing personally intolerable facts about reality
denial
transfer of emotions from a personally unacceptable situation to one that is personally tolerable
displacement
mentally separating out a part of one's personality
dissociation
expression of feeling without causing discomfort
humor
unconsciously patterning one's behavior after that of someone who is more powerful
identification
using the mind's higher functions to avoid experiencing uncomfortable emotions
intellectualization
attributing one's own personally unacceptable feelings to others
projection
seemingly reasonable explanations are given for unacceptable or irrational feelings
rationalization
unacceptable feelings are denied and opposite attitudes and behavior adopted; unconscious hypocrisy
reaction formation
childlike patterns of behavior appear under stress
regression
believing people or events are either all bad or all good because of intolerance of ambiguity
splitting
an unconscious, unacceptable impulse is rerouted in a socially acceptable way
sublimation
unwanted feelings are consciously put aside but not repressed
suppression

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