SAFETY DEVICE

Any mental shield employed by an individual which offers a means of protection of self from external or internal threats, but especially in hostile environments. May also be referred to classically as a defense mechanism, in psychoanalytic concepts. See also: basic anxiety.

SAFETY DEVICE: "The theory of the safety device was proposed by German-born U.S. psychoanalyst Karen D. Horney (1885-1952)."
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