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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reaction formation(noun)

    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them

    "his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"


  1. Reaction formation

    In psychoanalytic theory, reaction formation is a defensive process in which anxiety-producing or unacceptable emotions and impulses are mastered by exaggeration of the directly opposing tendency.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reaction formation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reaction formation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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