One way to anticipate what may
appear on the social work licensing exam is to think what you might
write as a question if the task fell to you. Of all the potential
material that could be on the test , what lends itself to clear,
relevant exam items? Certainly vignettes probing Code of Ethics
knowledge would be on the short list. Diagnostic questions too. And
also questions pulling from the greatest hits of psych knowledge.
Which may in not too long lead you (the hypothetical exam item
writer) to generate a question or two about defense mechanisms.
Defense mechanisms have the allure of being both an ancient
offering (by psych standards) and having entered common parlance.
"You're in denial"..."You're being passive aggressive"..."You're
projecting." People use them all the time, though not always
correctly. As you prep for the exam, it's worth taking a moment to
get them sorted out and understood. Don't be in denial--a defense
mechanism question could help you get those crucial points you need
There's no need to rehearse the list of defense mechanisms here.
Plenty of people have written them up in detail around the web.
Here are some choice places to brush up:
Once you've done some review, consider testing your knowledge
Defense Mechanism Quiz. Done that? Congratulations, you're not
in denial anymore. You're ready to face down defense mechanism
questions on the exam. Good luck!
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exam-style questions about defense mechanisms and a while lot
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