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A nurse has been ignoring her female cancer patient's repeated requests for care. When asked why you are not responding to the patient? the nurse replied "she wants to be left alone".
Which of the following mental defense mechanisms best explains the nurse's response?

A- Rationalization
B- Intellectualization
C- Denial
D- Projection
E- Isolation
F- Dissociation
G- Splitting
H- Repression
 

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I would say D projection
You are absolutely right :)
I was thinking it could be rationalization (as she's giving an excuse why she's not attending her patient) but it turns out that we should not think this way when it comes to mental defense mechanism. We should assume that she's telling her true feelings and in that case she's unconsciously moving her internal desire (she wants to rest) and projecting it onto her patient :eek:
 

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Another similar question is the nurse who's not talking to the patient about her husband's death saying "she doesn't want to talk about" while in fact it's the nurse that does not want to talk about, another projection scenario :rolleyes:
 
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