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In psychoanalysis, a defence mechanism involving excessive abstract thinking designed to block out disturbing emotions or conflicts, in therapy usually a device for evading the fundamental rule of psychoanalysis. The concept was introduced by the Austrian-born British psychoanalyst Anna Freud (1895–1982) in her book The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence (1937), her father never having used the term in writing.

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