PRIMITIVE DEFENSE MECHANISM By N., Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 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 PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION SAFETY DEVICE ANNIHILATION DEFENSE MECHANISM DUAL INSTINCT THEORY SPLITTING MIDDLE KNOWLEDGE PART-OBJECT DESTRUDO PROJECTIVE IDENTIFICATION 1 Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PRIMITIVE DEFENSE MECHANISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primitive-defense-mechanism/ (accessed April 13, 2021).