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A 10-year-old boy has been spending much of his time playing with a girl in his class. When his friends tease him about it, he denies having feelings for her, declaring that “Girls are yucky!” Which of the following defense mechanisms is he exhibiting?

a. Displacement

b. Dissociation

c. Reaction formation

d. Regression

e. Sublimation

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c. Reaction formation