What Is a Mechanism of Defense?
We are all agreed on this point: the theory of defense is a cornerstone of psychodynamic thinking. The analytical literature on various aspects of this theory is vast. Yet, there are few surveys of the theory as a whole (cf. Sjöbäck, 1973), and we find conspicuous confusion and salient dissent in the discussion of even its basic assumptions. Here are three instances of confusion and/or dissent.
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