defense mechanism

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Unconscious behavioral pattern by which an individual attempts to cope with stress, such as through projection (attributing one's circumstances, faults, and failure to others), rationalization (hiding true motives for one's actions, desires, and feelings with plausible explanations), or repression (blocking certain desires, ideas, and/or memories).

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You need to come up with a good defense mechanism when you are trying to figure out how to protect your company.
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I thought that the man shouting was just his defense mechanism so he would not hear the truth from other people.
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The failed project likely catalyzed a defense mechanism in the analyst who was in charge of the project as he is always competitive.
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