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Divided into immature, neurotic and mature, defense mechanisms are unconscious ways our ego tries to decrease anxiety and strong emotions in uncomfortable situations.
The act of turning an undesirable event into a way to help other people.
Example: A physician who was addicted to prescription medications during residency speaks to medical students about substance abuse and addiction.
A mechanism in which the person channels their unacceptable desire into something which is socially desirable.
Example: A medical student who hates patients and people goes into radiology
Example: A man who has a violent history pursues a career in boxing.
“Pushing something to the back of your mind”. The conscious act of refusing to think about an idea that causes the person stress.
Example: A physician chooses not to think about paying his medical school loans but instead focuses on the surgery at hand.
When things from a person’s surroundings is incorporated into their life.
Example: The medical student begins to conduct an interview like his resident.
The act of turning an uncomfortable thought of situation into a “lighter situation”
Example: A surgeon makes a joke about his co-surgeons OR cap before a complex surgery.
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