Externalization

By Renée Grinnell

A general term for a defense mechanism encompassing projection, acting out, emoting, and the like.

Example: The patient is extremely argumentative; instead of recognizing this characteristic in herself, however, she complains about the difficult personalities of others and views herself as blameless.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Oct 2008

 

 
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