Defense Mechanisms

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Regression is the reversion to an earlier stage of development in the face of unacceptable thoughts or impulses.

For example an adult may regress when under a great deal of stress, refusing to leave their bed and engage in normal, everyday activities.

Or an adolescent who is overwhelmed with fear, anger and growing sexual impulses might become clingy and start exhibiting earlier childhood behaviors he has long since overcome, such as bedwetting.

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