Protecting the Self: Defense Mechanisms in Action

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Guilford Press, May 18, 2006 - Psychology - 384 pages
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Integrating theory, research, and applications, this book examines the defense mechanisms and their role in both normal development and psychopathology. It describes how children and adults mobilize specific kinds of defenses to maintain their psychological equilibrium and preserve self-esteem, particularly in situations of trauma or stress.
 

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Contents

Defenses in Everyday Life
1
and How They Function
12
Development of Defenses
20
A Closer Look at Three Defenses
41
Projection
70
Identification
93
Stress and Psychopathology
125
Stress and Defense Use in Adulthood
145
Defenses and Psychopathology
221
Defenses and Psychopathology in Adult
237
Defenses and Psychotherapy
255
Case Studies
269
The Use of Narrative Material to Study Childrens
295
Other Approaches to Assessing
323
Notes
337
References
349

Defenses and Personality
161
Gender Differences and Defenses
183

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Page 350 - Andrews, G., Singh, M., & Bond, M. (1993). The defense style questionnaire. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 181, 246-256.

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About the author (2006)

Phebe Cramer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Personality, the Journal of Personality Assessment, and the European Journal of Personality. Dr. Cramer is the author of a number of research articles and books, including Storytelling, Narrative, and the Thematic Apperception Test. Her research takes a developmental approach to the study of defense mechanisms and personal identity.

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