Sigmund Freud’s provocative theories have made significant contributions to psychology. So even if you’re not Freudian yourself, you have to be familiar with his works, particularly defence mechanisms. Here are some useful resources to help you teach defence mechanisms during your lessons:
Denial is the refusal to accept reality or facts. Here’s a video that you can show to your class.
Projection is the misattribution of an undesirable feeling onto another person. Here’s a video that you can show to your class.
Sublimation the channelling of unacceptable feelings into more acceptable ones. Here’s a video that you can show to your class.
Intellectualisation is the overemphasis on thinking when confronted with unacceptable feelings. Here’s a video that you can show to your class.
Rationalisation is putting something into a different light or offering a different explanation. Here’s a video that you can show to your class.
I hope that you’ll find these videos useful in explaining to your students Freud’s ideas. For more useful videos which you can share to your class, visit and subscribe to Psychreg Podcast.
Dennis Relojo is the Creator of Psychreg. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. Before he moved to the UK, Dennis was a Lecturer in Psychology in the Philippines. At present, he teaches Professional Development at South Essex College. He is an editorial board member of the Journal on Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics. You can connect with him through Twitter @DennisRelojo and his website.