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This study addresses the psychological system as a dissipative structure which exchanges information with the external and internal world. When using defence mechanisms, the cognitive-affective schema of an individual could remain stable and ordered by excluding psychological entropy, obtaining psychological negentropy or by dissipating the energy of self-presentation. From this perspective, defences can be classified into three basic types: isolation, compensation and self-dissipation.

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Why is it important?

Another classification of defence mechanisms.


Non-adaptive defences are just functioning as an effective strategy in the short run but can be a harmful approach in the long run, while adaptive defences could instead help the individual as a long-term mechanism.

Dr. Wei Zhang
China University of Geosciences

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This page is a summary of: Resolving defence mechanisms: A perspective based on dissipative structure theory, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, April 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1111/1745-8315.12623.
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