The following test helps to determine what your preferred defense mechanism is. Every one of us engages in all five defenses, but there is a difference in the frequency with which we tend to employ either one or the other defense mechanism. The following test can help you take a closer look at your defenses so you can learn what your specific defense profile is.
On a scale of 1 to 10, rate the degree to which you think each statement describes you.
1 indicates ‘not at all’, 10 indicates ‘completely’ (if you want you can write down the numbers that apply to you in the boxes).
Some statements are made up of two parts. In that case be sure to rate the degree to which the entire statement applies to you. If one part does apply while the other doesn’t, then the entire statement doesn’t really apply.
In your own interest, be as honest as you can.
Remember you don’t have to talk to anyone else about your answers; you don’t even have to tell anyone about it. It is difficult to be honest about defenses because they are not our most flattering side. So search deep inside yourself for the true answer, even when you would rather not admit it, not even to yourself. Remember you are now taking important steps in your own healing process. If you nevertheless find that you have an irresistible urge to make your score look (just a little bit) better than is justified, remember that this signifies a defense at work