SECONDARY DEFENSE SYMPTOMS

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Group of protective procedures utilized by obsessive persons whenever their primary defenses against repressed recollections can no longer provide defense. Typically include obsessional cognition, doubting mania, and ideas, which can be articulated as fears, rituals, unfounded fears, or sophistry.

SECONDARY DEFENSE SYMPTOMS: "Secondary defense symptoms kicked in as she started to recall her childhood."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "SECONDARY DEFENSE SYMPTOMS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/secondary-defense-symptoms/ (accessed August 10, 2022).

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