Definition of reaction formation in English:

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reaction formation

noun

Psychoanalysis
The tendency of a repressed wish or feeling to be expressed at a conscious level in a contrasting form.
Example sentences
  • There seems a quality of reaction formation suggesting, not surprisingly, that these scientists were struggling with themselves as much as with Müller, their teacher.
  • The psychoanalytic tradition of masquerade began with Joan Riviere's conception of womanliness as reaction formation in the aftermath of the intellectual woman's theft of masculinity.
  • By acknowledging the interramification of technology and the lived body, bodily integrity is undermined, and the desire for wholeness is figured as ‘a kind of reaction formation to this instability’.

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Syllabification: re·ac·tion for·ma·tion

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