character defense


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character defense

[′kar·ik·tər di‚fens]
(psychology)
Any character trait that serves an unconscious defensive purpose.
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In the late 1920s, Reich observed that individuals with rigid character defenses (rigid character armor) also had muscular hypertrophy and rigidity.
He also observed that the more rigid the character defenses, the more rigid the muscular defenses.