defense mechanisms in clinical use as explained by Freudian theory

Through Freudian theory, defense mechanisms can give us a general framework by which to understand what people do with psychic energy. That is, they can retain it or project it outward. The case studies are very subjective but can be useful to explore concepts like defense mechanisms. When might this concept be important for clinical use? Use an example of something a patient may present that could lead you to explore the idea of defenses.

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