International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Interpersonal Conceptualizations and Intra-Psychic Functions of Defense Mechanisms in Indigenous Perspective
Saba Walayat

Abstract
The present study investigated the interpersonal and intra-psychic patterns of defense mechanisms in women of Pakistan. Qualitative study was based on focus group discussion. Data gathered through this interactive group session was recorded and transcribed. Grounded theory was used to assign codes and develop categories of the data and then to drive the important themes. The major themes emerged from the data were enhancing positive attitude, triggered resistance, inculcated religious and moral values, society as a guiding factor, interlink between different defense mechanisms and working mechanism of defense mechanisms. The study has wider implications for adapting the classical psychoanalytic theories while taking the indigenous perspective.

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