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Psyche Satisfied Physician; What mental defense mechanism?

A physician with a very busy practice feels satisfied and fulfilled when he can make a difference in the lives of his patients. Which of the following defense mechanisms is being used, according to psychoanalytic theory?
a. Reaction formation
b. Altruism
c. Sublimation
d. Asceticism
e. Idealization

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A physician with a very busy practice feels satisfied and fulfilled when he can make a difference in the lives of his patients. Which of the following defense mechanisms is being used, according to psychoanalytic theory?
a. Reaction formation
b. Altruism
c. Sublimation
d. Asceticism
e. Idealization

don't just answer, please explain
i think its altruism .... but sorry cant explain .. i actually cant explain any behav sciences questions .. LOL
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yea i think its altruism

altruism is feeling good about doing something for others (i think), like being selfless.
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E. his feeling is the idealization
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E. his feeling is the idealization
i think so too.

example of altruism in FA is: Mafia boss donating money.
Its making something good after doing something bad... Feeling guilty for it.

And Idealization would be an exaggeration of self or others... Self in this case
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A physician with a very busy practice feels satisfied and fulfilled when he can make a difference in the lives of his patients. Which of the following defense mechanisms is being used, according to psychoanalytic theory?
a. Reaction formation
b. Altruism
c. Sublimation
d. Asceticism
e. Idealization

don't just answer, please explain
hmm its not reaction formation because its where a certain idea is so intolerance to you that you transform that into the exact opposite

altruism is giving back to others generously, usually brought on when something bad has happened to you

sublimation is when a socially unacceptable desire due to either your own belief or those around you and you form the unacceptable desire to something much more acceptable

asceticism is a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons

Idealization is 1. the representation of something as ideal
2. a conception of something that dwells on its advantages and ignores its deficiencies


I think it's idealization because he's making himself feel good about being too busy by saying he is helping his patients. Altruism would mean something bad has happened but the question stem doesn't say that and asceticism is that even a defense mechanism? there is no religious mention in the question stem.
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ans given is altruism.

expln is Altruism, a mature ego
defense mechanism, is described as the use of constructive service to others
in order to vicariously gratify one’s own needs. It may include a form of
benign and constructive reaction formation.

i cant get the buk expln. any1?
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ans given is altruism.

expln is Altruism, a mature ego
defense mechanism, is described as the use of constructive service to others
in order to vicariously gratify one’s own needs. It may include a form of
benign and constructive reaction formation.

i cant get the buk expln. any1?
I am not sure i think like this because i am a big city life person or not...
but the word busy practice and making a difference in the lives of his patients are not very closely related to altruism, esp for those practising in the urban. It makes me think he is making big bucks...In order to be called altruistic, he should open a free clinic for local ppl... And doctors do not make a difference in pts' life, they are just taking care of pts or providing health care to the needy...
--->Am I showing skepticism ego defense now?
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ans given is altruism.

expln is Altruism, a mature ego
defense mechanism, is described as the use of constructive service to others
in order to vicariously gratify one’s own needs. It may include a form of
benign and constructive reaction formation.

i cant get the buk expln. any1?
bring itttttt
yea altruism made sense to me and its the right answer
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yea altruism made sense to me and its the right answer
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