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A number of tactical defence mechanisms have been identified that people use in sessions to avoid engagement with their emotions and/or the therapist.


Verbal

  • Vagueness and generality
  • Diversifiction
  • Sarcasm
  • Argumentativeness
  • Contradiction
  • Rate of Speech


Non-verbal

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Arms and legs crossed
  • Smiling
  • Laughing
  • Weepiness
  • Temper tantrums

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