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undoing

[ən′dü·iŋ]
(psychology)
A defense mechanism by which something unacceptable and already done is symbolically acted out in reverse, usually repetitiously, in the hope of relieving anxiety.
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Critique: Informed and informative, "Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett" is an impressively written work of seminal scholarship and a critically important addition to academic library Literary Studies reference collections in general, and Samuel Beckett supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
Wils said: "It's truly wonderful that The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is coming back home to tour Scotland again in 2014.
Nine years after "Yellow" introduced director Chris Chan Lee as a significant Korean-American voice in independent filmmaking, the helmer returns with sophomore outing "Undoing," a hit-and-miss Los Angeles-based noir in which characters with half-drawn pasts risk everything for a not terribly large sum of money.
The Undoing is the intriguing story of Tim and Jamie Lasher, twin brothers, and their peculiar lives as youths and beyond as they begin to discover the odd intricacies and reasons to the occurrences which have always been a part of their lives.
It's an image of the most radical reversal one can imagine--the undoing of the kingdom of death and thus the undoing of all that keeps us in a state of fear.
Though Butler has published plenty since then, it's her most recent book, Undoing Gender, that's done me in once again.
Feingold stuck his neck out with votes that Democrats and Republicans alike warned would be his undoing: against the war in Iraq, against the Patriot Act, against the major free trade agreements.
Yoga is not about doing, it is about undoing. We are so much more than our minds and our bodies.
Once you begin to exert effort, habitual patterns kick in and the body has a harder time undoing painful knots.
That relief, meanwhile, is threatened by a bipartisan effort to pass a bill undoing the Supreme Court ruling and allowing patients to sue in state courts after all.
YOUR UNDOING IS ALL THEY CRAVE, TO BE WHERE YOU ARE AND SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.
A science communicator and England's Astronomer Royale, Rees considers the ultimate challenge for humanity in this century to be to tame our inventiveness before it proves our undoing. He fears that advances in microbiology and genetics, combined with their rapid dissemination on the Internet, could be a hazardous mix.