Running head: EGO-DEFENSE MECHANISMS
1. Discuss Ego-Defense Mechanisms and the role that each play in therapy. Explain the
differences of transference vs countertransference. Have you had a personal experience
with either transference or countertransference either personally yourself or with a
client or a friend/family/coworker?
Ego-Defense Mechanisms are defined as reflexive psychological processes that
enable an individual to protect themselves from the sentience of external or internal stressors
or threats as well as against anxiety (Petraglia, Bhatia, Drapeau, 2017). Transference and
counter-transference are the main ego-defense mechanisms used as part of the clinical
therapeutic procedures. Tsarfati (2017) assert that transference and counter-transference are
perceived to deepen the relational therapist-client connection as well as offe...
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