reaction formation

noun

Medical Definition of reaction formation

: a psychological defense mechanism in which one form of behavior substitutes for or conceals a diametrically opposed repressed impulse in order to protect against it

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“Reaction formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/reaction%20formation. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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