re action formation

reaction formation

noun Psychoanalysis.
a behavioral tendency developed in direct opposition to a repressed impulse.

Origin:
1905–10

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reaction formation
 
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psychoanal a defence mechanism by which a person at a conscious level condemns a repressed wish: thus, a latent homosexual may denounce homosexuality

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reaction formation n.
A defense mechanism by which an objectionable impulse is expressed in an opposite or contrasting attitude or behavior.

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