reaction formation

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(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them

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The idea that Brown's work--and that of many of her cohorts from the 1960s on--enumerated a kind of reaction formation to classical forms such as ballet or to "expressive" modes of contemporary dance like Martha Graham's is one with, of course, some small kernel of truth.
Univariate analysis showed statistically significant differences between abused children and controls in their use of a range of defense mechanisms, including regression, denial, projection, reaction formation, introjection, sublimation, and repression.
These "normal" individuals use intellectualization, displacement, and reaction formation to adapt to life events like hurricanes, disasters, divorce, death, or illness.
In The White Negro (1957), Mailer proposed that Americans continue the war in the form of a collective psychological reaction formation against the totalitarian encroachments of the media.
And further, Krauss argues in the second part of her essay, the new series of collages Picasso now begins to produce, collages in which strong color and the divisionism of Seurat are introduced for the first time, can be understood as a comparable reaction formation to the "machine" an of Picabia, Leger, and the despised Futurists.