SPLITTING By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 a primitive defence mechanism where objects that evoke anxiety are dealt with by compartmentalising the negative and positive emotions. It is not seen in babies and young children. SPLITTING: "Splitting is how some people deal with anxiety." Related Psychology Terms SIGNAL ANXIETY PRIMITIVE DEFENSE MECHANISM SYMBOLIC FUNCTION PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION DEVALUATION ISOLATION OF AFFECT NEGATIVE OEDIPUS COMPLEX STRANGER ANXIETY SCHOOL REFUSAL PRIMITIVE SUPEREGO Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPLITTING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/splitting/ (accessed November 5, 2019).