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A defense mechanism marked by the use of obsessively analytical approaches in order to avoid processing anxiety-provoking stimuli.

Example: A young man watches helplessly as his mother dies of cancer. Years later, he privately publishes a voluminous tome on grief.

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Intellectualization. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/intellectualization/