A psychoanalytic term first described by Sigmund Freud. A defense mechanism employed to avoid true emotions. Reaction Formation occurs when person displays the opposite emotions of what he/she is really feeling. The avoidance of pain through psychological defense mechanisms. Can be done subconsciously.
When your girlfriend says, "I can't wait to move back to California." She really means, "I'm going to be completely heartbroken when I leave on December 22nd." By displaying the opposite emotion, she is utilizing reaction formation.
dowling /'dau(-&)ling/ noun
1 : a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a pious hypocrite,
That Baptist minister was certainly a dowling in the way he condemned all people of color.more...
This word came into use by the students and former students of Kay D------,
Now retired she was a special education teacher at Freehold Elementary Schools in Freehold New Jersey. The term dowling is also interchangeable with the term “45 minute Catholic”, meaning a person that practices the virtues of Roman Catholicism for the duration of the mass but NOT outside of the mass.
Kay apparently has professed to being a “devout” Catholic and is rumored not to have missed a single mass in her adult life. However, she declined a trip to Rome, Italy to see the Pope and the Vatican being that Italy was loaded with Italians and other “undesirable foreigners“.
In her teaching career, a Chinese-American family filed charges against her alleging that she was prejudice against their son. One of the key points of the case alleged there was a conflict of interest being that her husband was a member of the Freehold Township Board of Education. While the charges were dismissed, the case hit the national nightly news.
Moreover, many of Kay’s students that happened to African-Americans, ethic or religious minorities and perceived as living alternative lifestyles, alleged they were discriminated against. She has been observed by a fellow teacher as referring to African-American as “coons”.
As for the psychology of Kay D------, Freud referred to the condemnation of something one has ...
An emorgasm is a reaction formation, or psychiatric defense mechanism in which, upon confrontation with depressing emo phenomena, one has an orgasm.
"Hey, can I borrow your guitar? I'll even put an A.F.I. sticker on it for you..."
"Kevin, of course! Thats like a major emorgasm!"
A person who exercises the reaction-formation defense mechanism which is when you see something in yourself that you are afraid of like being gay.
Also see Christian
George bush and his entire cabinet probably enjoy getting it up the ass since they are all gay bashers.
One whose snobbery is defined by opposition to perceived snobs, highbrow art, aesthetics in general or simply anything one does not like. Can be characterized either by reaction-formation favoring perceived lower-brow forms of art or quite separately by opposition to and persecution of anyone with any perceived aesthetic sensibilities whatsoever.
Anti-snob snob: Can you believe that guy likes Ingmar Bergman??? What a pretentious snob! You know he secretly hates it, nobody REALLY likes that stuff, he's just too much of a poseur to admit he just likes Brett Ratner like the rest of us.
Anti-snob snob: I don't like that uppity croissant and espresso bullshit, just give me a roll and strong coffee! (paraphrased from Mad Magazine's Simon & Simon parody)
Dad, stop pretending you don't like Thomas Pynchon and Fellini; Jesus, you've become such an anti-snob snob!
|6.||gorilla vest syndrome|
when an individual publicly claims to hold disdain and demonstrates repugnance for a certain object/person/place/idea, but in reality, the individual is attracted to or desires the object/person/place/idea.
did you see the way brittany claimed to hate nick, but we just saw her hella giggle like a schoolgirl when he walked away? gorilla vest syndrome like what.
1) The necrophile develops poor self-esteem, perhaps due in part to a significant loss;
(a) He (usually male) is very fearful of rejection by women and he desires a sexual partner who is incapable of rejecting him; and/or
(b) He is fearful of the dead, and transforms his fear of the dead—by means of reaction formation—into a desire for the dead.
(2) He develops an exciting fantasy of sex with a corpse, sometimes after exposure to a corpse.
"Jeffery screwed a corpse last night."
"Omg, He engaged in necrophilia?"
"yeah, he said it was fun"