rationalization: [ rash″on-al-ĭ-za´shun ] an unconscious defense mechanism in which a person finds logical reasons (justification) for his or her behavior while ignoring the real reasons. For example, a person who is turned down for a date might rationalize the situation by saying they were not attracted to the other person anyway. This is a commonly used defense mechanism that allows a person to deal with anxiety. Defense mechanisms are a common feature of depression and anxiety. This process involves using false reasoning to get what you want or explain away your behavior. is a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable—or even admirable and superior—by plausible means. Copyright © Psychologenie & Buzzle.com, Inc.
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