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As a teenager, a 46-year-old man secretly set several
major fires that caused much property damage. He was
never caught and says that he rarely thinks about what
he now calls “dead history.” Although he is married and
works as an accountant, he spends many weekends
planting trees in parklands and volunteering as a firefighter.
Which of the following defense mechanism is
most strongly suggested by this behavior?
(A) Denial
(B) Dissociation
(C) Intellectualization
(D) Sublimation
(E) Undoing
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As a teenager, a 46-year-old man secretly set several
major fires that caused much property damage. He was
never caught and says that he rarely thinks about what
he now calls “dead history.” Although he is married and
works as an accountant, he spends many weekends
planting trees in parklands and volunteering as a firefighter.
Which of the following defense mechanism is
most strongly suggested by this behavior?
(A) Denial
(B) Dissociation
(C) Intellectualization
(D) Sublimation
(E) Undoing
To be honest, first thing that came to my mind was reaction formation, but its not an option. So i would go with E.
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i'd have also gone with reaction formation...
the best next choice is undoing. (whereas this 'dead history'-thing sounds a bit like dissociation...)
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Definitely E. undoing - correcting wrong by doing right

Can't be dissociation, since that has to do with change with motor and emotional behavior to avoid emotional stress
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yup thats correct...

cant it be sublimation?

because he is now firefighter and his past history is of setting several
major fires that caused much property damage [pyromanic?]

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I feel its D ....... thats what first came to my mind ......... so whats the ans ???
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I feel its D ....... thats what first came to my mind ......... so whats the ans ???
E. Its a weird question.
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ans is UNDOING.


cant it be sublimation?

because he is now firefighter and his past history is of setting several
major fires that caused much property damage [pyromanic?]

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Def not sublimation, sublimation is when you like doing something socially unacceptable, but your Superego(moral values) has a problem the ID(instinct) so the EGO(mediaator) goes ahead and finds a solution so both are happy

Exhibitionist (morally unaccepted)--- goes and becomes a Stripper.

Actress sexually abused --- uses her experience to enhance her acting
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sublimation is when you find an appropriate outlet for your behaviour.

the stripper example given above was a good one.

the answer is E.
(although i thought reaction formation at first).
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