This worksheet asks students to correctly identify which of the eight defense mechanisms best describes each scenario. It's meant to be used as practice for students to help them review and apply Freudian defense mechanisms. The defense mechanisms included are rationalization, reaction formation, repression, regression, displacement, sublimation, denial, and projection.
Here are some sample problems from the worksheet:
1. Elizabeth was sexually abused by her uncle when she was three. Now, twenty years later, when Elizabeth is asked if she was abused, she answers “no”, and believes her answer to be truthful.
2. Zach constantly feels aggressive throughout the day and struggles to keep his emotions in check. His dad suggests he joins the football team so he can tackle other players.
3. Halie asks Cayce for help moving into her new apartment. When Cayce refuses, Halie starts stomping her foot and screaming like a small child.
4. Robert has a rough day at school where he’s reprimanded by his teacher for not having his homework done. When he goes home, he walks past his brother’s room and yells, “turn down your stupid, annoying music!”
5. Whenever Chloe receives a “B” on an exam, she goes to Gold’s Gym and runs on the treadmill for an hour to work off her anger.
Answer key is included.
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