reaction formation

(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them

his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive

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  • reaction formation — noun Psychoanalysis the tendency of a repressed wish or feeling to be expressed at a conscious level in a contrasting form …   English new terms dictionary

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