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intellectualization

Pronunciation: in'te-lek'chu-al-i-za'shun

Definition: An unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning, logic, or focusing on and verbalizing intellectual minutiae used in an attempt to avoid confrontation with an objectionable impulse, affect, or interpersonal situation.

[L. intellectus, perception, discernment]

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