One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The tendency of a repressed wish or feeling to be expressed at a conscious level in a contrasting form.‘his extremely rigid stance reeks of reaction formation’count noun ‘shamelessness is a reaction formation against shame, a defiant attempt to overcome a profound inner fear of weakness’
- ‘The psychoanalytic tradition of masquerade began with Joan Riviere's conception of womanliness as reaction formation in the aftermath of the intellectual woman's theft of masculinity.’
- ‘I'm probably a recovering addict, and this is probably a defence-mechanism, some sort of reaction formation.’
- ‘There seems a quality of reaction formation suggesting, not surprisingly, that these scientists were struggling with themselves as much as with Müller, their teacher.’
- ‘By acknowledging the interramification of technology and the lived body, bodily integrity is undermined, and the desire for wholeness is figured as ‘a kind of reaction formation to this instability’.’
- ‘Haunted by his father's defeat, Bush's presidency has been a case study in reaction formation.’
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