“The hierarchy of things is a kind of defense mechanism that just alienates,” says Koons.
Is this a defense mechanism, a way of not quite looking at what my mother has become?
But she was young, and she used work as a defense mechanism.
I think this is, among liberals anyway, a defense mechanism.
Although the musk is probably distasteful to predators, repellent odor alone seems to be of doubtful value as a defense mechanism.
He wondered if his exasperation was real or merely a defense mechanism.
Late afternoon of the next day, my defense mechanism was ready.
I have said that the hostility of the crowd is a sort of "defense mechanism."
It's a sort of defense mechanism, Doc says, against the disappointments of this life.
The crowds delusion of persecution, conspiracy, or oppression is thus a defense mechanism of this nature.
defense mechanism n.
Any of a variety of usually unconscious mental processes used to protect oneself from shame, anxiety, loss of self-esteem, conflict, or other unacceptable feelings or thoughts, and including behaviors such as repression, projection, denial, and rationalization.
In psychology, a Freudian term referring to an unconscious avoidance of something that produces anxiety or some other unpleasant emotion. For example, someone who blots out the memory of a terrible accident is using a defense mechanism. Regression and sublimation are common defense mechanisms.