PRIMITIVE DEFENSE MECHANISM By N., Sam M.S. - 394 Psychoanalytically, the theory of protection against anxiety connected with the death instinct. Primitive defense mechanism have been identified as such tactics as denial, splitting and idealization. PRIMITIVE DEFENSE MECHANISM: "Protection is a primitive defense mechanism in psychoanalytical theory." Related Psychology Terms Comparison of Assessment Tools FREUD, SIGMUND (1856-1939) Identifying Relevant Theories and Models DEFENSE MECHANISM (Ego Defense Mechanism) ADOLESCENCE (Theories) DENIAL OF REALITY (DENIAL) SULLIVAN, HARRY STACK (1892- 1949) COMPENSATION Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development EXOTIC PSYCHOSES Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "PRIMITIVE DEFENSE MECHANISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primitive-defense-mechanism/ (accessed December 1, 2022).