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Am Psychol. 2000 Jun;55(6):637-46.

Defense mechanisms in psychology today. Further processes for adaptation.

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Department of Psychology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA. phebe.cramer@williams.edu

Abstract

Although the concept of the defense mechanism was rejected from academic psychology for a number of years, recent empirical studies show renewed interest in defenses. Cognitive psychologists have confirmed the existence of unconscious psychological processes, a requisite for defenses. Developmental, personality, and social psychologists have all found evidence for defense mechanisms that explicate psychological functioning. The relevance of this new information for clinical practice is discussed.

PMID:
10892206
DOI:
10.1037//0003-066x.55.6.637
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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