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Mental Health exam question



I have been given a question from an exam prep book relating to a patient thought to have Paranoid Schizophrenia.

The question is: At times the patient displays an air of arrogance and superiority, concealing feelings of inferiority and inadequacy. Which of the following is she using to protect her self esteem?

a) Rationalisation and symbolism

b) Reaction formation

c) Introjection and denial

d) Repression and undoing

I've looked up definitions for each but none of them really fit. I'm thinking it is introjection and denial...

help appreciated

wish_me_luck, BSN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

I think B reaction formation. That's what reaction formation is--they do the opposite of what they really feel to conceal their real feelings/doings.


The employee that this poster is talking about is showing reaction formation. He is being cocky to conceal his insecurities/fears/perceived lack of knowledge, but he still does have the insecurities (he is just concealing them with cockiness). I hope that helps.

Edited by wish_me_luck

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Of the four answers, B/reaction formation fits the scenario the best.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 40 years experience.

To get the quickest best response to your questions.......post them in the nursing student assistance section. Specialty forums may take a while to answer. Many of you posts/threads a have been moved here and will give you the best response.

Best wishes.!