Step 1

Behavioral 1

A 32-year-old man comes to his physician after 2 episodes of vomiting at work a few hours ago. He works as a waiter and is upset because his boss yelled at him for vomiting in the restaurant bathroom. The patient immediately left work and went home but later yelled at his 3-year-old son for leaving his toys on the ground. He tells his doctor he usually does not mind when his son leaves toys on the ground, and he feels guilty about yelling.

Which of the following ego defenses did the patient employ?

  • A) Acting out
  • B) Displacement
  • C) Fixation
  • D) Projection
  • E) Transference


Dr. Ted O'Connell


Dr. Ted O'Connell