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What defense mechanism was used by this patient in this particular scenario?

asked May 18, 2014 in Psychiatry by Rajesh Bahara

A 40-year-old woman, with a history of chaotic interpersonal relationships, enters psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She alternates between periods in which she idealizes the therapist and the progress of the therapy and periods of unrelenting anger, when she is convinced that the therapist is unhelpful and that the therapeutic work is worthless.

The defense mechanism used by this patient in this particular scenario is called

a. Reaction-formation

b. Denial

c. Projection

d. Projective

e. Splitting

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e. Splitting
answered May 18, 2014 by Rajesh Bahara

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