# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Mental Health Assisting Careers Task 144308007

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Explain defense mechanisms.


Explanation should include
  • definitions of common defense mechanisms and examples of each
  • purpose of defense mechanism
  • consequences of overuse.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the difference among rationalization, projection, and displacement?
  • How can occasional use of a defense mechanism contribute to a well-adjusted individual?
  • How would you compare escape into illness and malingering?
  • What is the relationship between anxiety and defense mechanisms?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms, to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms, and literary and classical allusions in text.
  5. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
  2. Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
  3. Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
  4. Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
  5. Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.

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Medical Terminology


Knowledge Test: Behavioral Health


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