Title

Defense Mechanisms

Division

East Florida

Hospital

St. Lucie

Document Type

Review Article

Publication Date

6-5-2020

Keywords

psychoanalysis, behavior and behavior mechanisms

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology

Abstract

Sigmund Freud, known as the father of psychoanalysis, began the discussion of defense mechanisms in the nineteenth century, in relation to the subconscious defenses of the id, ego, and superego.[1] These initial defense mechanisms were more clearly defined and analyzed by his daughter, Anna Freud, in the twentieth century. She created 10 major defense mechanisms, but the number of mechanisms has since been increased by later psychoanalysts.

Publisher or Conference

StatPearls

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