Science / Psychiatry / Defense Mechanism: Automatic psychological process that protects the individual against anxiety and from awareness of internal or external stressors or dangers. Defense mechanisms mediate the individuals reaction to emotional conflicts and to external stressors. Some defense mechanisms (e.g., projection, splitting, and acting out) are almost invariably maladaptive. Others, such as suppression and denial, may be either maladaptive or adaptive, depending on their severity, their inflexibility, and the context in which they occur.
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Defense Noun Synonyms: shelter, protection, cover, guard, safeguard, shield
Mechanism Adjective Synonyms: device, appliance, contrivance, apparatus, instrument, machine
Mechanism Noun Synonyms: way, means, method, procedure, approach, technique, medium, process, agency
Entertainment / Football / Prevent Defense: A defensive strategy that utilizes deep zone coverage in order to prevent a big pass play from happening down field, usually at the expense of giving up yards at shorter distances. Often used against MORE
Business / Finance / Price-Specie Flow Mechanism: Adjustment mechanism under the classic gold standard allowing disturbances in the price level in one country to be wholly or partly offset by a countervailing flow of specie (gold coins) that would ac MORE