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I agree 3 monkeys, 1 Cage ^.^

There is a classic zoo story about a cage with three monkeys in it. The largest monkey steals the middle-sized monkey's banana. The middle-sized monkey then screams with rage, hits the smallest monkey on the head, and then steals his banana. The middle-sized monkey is using which of the following mechanisms of defense?

A. Displacement
B. Projection
C. Reaction formation
D. Regression
E. Repression
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Yes displacement it is, but guys lets say there was an option :

Identification: would that be a better option?????
I am thinking that way because the middle sized monkey is patternng his behaviour after some one more powerful ( large sized monkey).
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Yes displacement it is, but guys lets say there was an option :

Identification: would that be a better option?????
I am thinking that way because the middle sized monkey is patternng his behaviour after some one more powerful ( large sized monkey).
I was thinking about that .. but wouldn't that be Social Learning ? .. The abused becomes the abuser.
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I was thinking about that .. but wouldn't that be Social Learning ? .. The abused becomes the abuser.

Yep I am assuming its something like that, because its suppose to take some time for them right? I mean here its more of tranfering the emotions from one group to another, since the large monkey is no size-match... hahaha I like this question!
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Correct Answer A) Displacement

The correct answer is A. Displacement

Explanation -

This is an example of displacement. In this defense mechanism, there is a transfer of emotion from a person, object, or situation with which it is appropriately associated to another that causes less distress. Displacement is common and often destructive to other individuals, such as when a man is fired from his job and subsequently beats his wife or children. In the medical setting, the hospital staff is a frequent target of displacement when family members react to their own feelings of guilt about someone's death.

Projection (choice B) occurs when someone attributes his or her own thoughts to a different person.

Reaction formation (choice C) is the unconscious adoption of behavior opposite to one's true feelings.

Regression (choice D) is the adoption of behavior more appropriate to a younger age.

Repression (choice E) is the deeply subconscious blocking of memories or emotions.
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