Asked by Veronica Gibbs on Mar 10, 2024



Parents who disguise hostility toward their children by becoming overly protective of them are very likely using the defense mechanism of

A) projection.
B) regression.
C) rationalization.
D) reaction formation.

Reaction Formation

A defense mechanism where an individual behaves in a way that is opposite to their true feelings or desires.

Defense Mechanism

Psychological strategies deployed by individuals unconsciously to protect themselves from anxiety arising from unacceptable thoughts or feelings.


An intense form of anger or aggression often displayed through antagonistic behavior towards others.

  • Differentiate among the various defense mechanisms defined by Freud.

Verified Answer

Marina Orillane

Mar 10, 2024

Final Answer :
Explanation :
This is an example of reaction formation, which occurs when a person expresses feelings or behaviors opposite to what they actually feel, often in an exaggerated or distorted way. In this case, the parents may harbor feelings of hostility toward their child but attempt to hide it by becoming overly protective.