Conceptualizing defense mechanisms from drive theory and object relations perspectives

Samuel Juni

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Analyzing common defensive features from dual theoretical perspectives, repression is postulated as the underlying mechanism, and is differentiated from denial and suppression. Acting out and intrapunitiveness are interpreted as polar options within displacement. Drive theory and object relations implications are outlined in the conceptualization of intellectualization, reaction formation, and projection, particularly as they are elaborated by basic tenets in defense theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-166
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychoanalysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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