What for Barbara might be guilty? Barbara frequently took all the packets of sugar off the table at her local diner. She told herself that it wasn't really stealing because she felt the diner overcharged for their lunch specials.
A. Resistance to change B. Stereotyping C. Rationalization D. Begging the question E. Mine is better thinking
The correct answer to this question is C, Rationalization. Defense mechanisms are used to help people avoid things they don't want to deal with. The things these mechanisms protect people from can include feelings and thoughts that are not wanted.
There are many defense mechanisms, and rationalization is one of them. This mechanism involves creating a logic for unacceptable behavior or feeling. Doing so allows one to avoid the true reason behind their behavior. An example is a person failing an exam. Instead of blaming their lack of studying and preparation for the failure, they may blame the teacher instead.