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Regression (psychology)

Regression, in psychoanalysis, is a defense mechanism leading to the reversion to an earlier stage of development in the face of unacceptable impulses. According to psychologist Sigmund Freud, a situation can provoke so much anxiety that the retreat is the person's way of dealing with it. The person may also ignore a previous situation that caused stress, in order to avoid an anxiety attack.

Regression is defined in the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms as "a return to earlier, especially to infantile, patterns of thoughts or behavior, or stage of functioning."

Some people regress due to high stress and depression, while others tend to regress due to a high amount of being bullied in the past.

Others have come to know Regression as Relapse Digression

See also

  • Repression
  • Reaction formation
  • Projection
  • Rationalization
  • Displacement
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