Defense Mechanism

After reading each senario select which Defense Mechanism best fits the each of them! (Mr. T, Ms. C,….)

 “Name that Defense Mechanism”

T is a 40-year-old businessperson who recently completed a round of court-ordered psychotherapy and AA meetings that resulted from two arrests in the space of two years for DUI (driving under the influence). With his driver’s license reinstated and no longer being compelled to attend therapy or groups, it’s back to the usual routine—90-minute business lunches with important clients that usually include anywhere from one to three alcoholic beverages.

Try to find out what’s going on in the mind of T.

H has just broken up with her fiancé after an eight-year-long relationship. She and her significant other had been dating all throughout college, and all their mutual friends had been assuming that they would be getting married. Interestingly, now that the relationship is over, Ms. H’s friends have been commenting to each other that they see less of her than they did while she was attached. She’s never available for clubbing and other social activities that are typical of the newly


SO – what’s the deal with Ms. H, anyway?

P recently finished an MBA program and was faced with the happy dilemma of choosing between three different high-powered, well-paying corporate positions. After much deliberation, he/she chose the highest paying job of the three. Unfortunately, this job has turned out to be much more routine than expected, with little client contact or creative opportunities in sales and marketing. It does have an excellent vacation plan, benefits, and retirement options along with the lavish salary.

Ask P how he/she is feeling about this job and its place in his/her career goals.

Ms. R is in her spring semester of her second year at community college, waiting to transfer into UCLA.  She and her best friend were both eligible and competing for the same academic scholarship for aspiring chemistry majors. Her best friend won the scholarship. Now, Ms. R’s roommates have noticed quite a change in her. They all used to get along so well.

Find out what’s going on with Ms. R.

C is a senior in high school. Two months prior to graduation, C’s parents have announced that they are getting divorced after being married for over 27 years. C’s friends all comment that C seems to be handling this crisis so well.

What is the secret of C’s calm and collected demeanor?

Ms. L has been up to now a straight-A student at community college. This semester, she is taking a history class in which she is having an unusually hard time maintaining her typical level of performance. In fact, she is barely pulling a “C”.

Find out what she thinks the source of the trouble is and what she believes she needs to do to fix it.