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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 42 (2000) 2, 111 - 115

Short report

Psychophysiology and defense mechanisms

C.L. Mulder, L. Pepplinkhuizen, R.W. Trijsburg

The literature on the associations between defense mechanisms and physiological parameters was reviewed. Defence mechanisms such as denial and repression have been associated with an activation of physiological parameters. However, there are methodological problems regarding definitions of defence mechanisms and validity of measurement instruments. In our opinion these problems need to be solved before associations between defence mechanisms and physiological parameters can be investigated adequately.

keywords defense mechanisms, physiology, psychophysiology