00071 Defensive coping

00071 Defensive coping

Definition of the NANDA label

Repeated projection of a falsely positive self-assessment based on a protective pattern that defends the person from what they perceive to be threats underlying their positive self-image.

Repeated projection of falsely positive self-evaluation based on a selfprotective pattern that defends against underlying perceived threats to positive selfregard.

Defining characteristics

• Denial of obvious problems or weaknesses.
• Projection of blame.
• Projection of responsibilities.
• Rationalization of failures.
• Hypersensitivity to slights.
• Hypersensitivity to criticism.
• Grandiosity.
• Attitude of superiority to others.
• Difficulty starting or maintaining personal relationships.
• Ridicule of other people.
• Difficulty perceiving reality or contrasting their perceptions with reality.
• Lack of participation or follow-up in therapy or treatments.


• Acceptance: state of health.
• Self esteem.
• Child Development: adolescence.
• Social interaction skills.
• Overcoming problems.


• Emotional Support.
• Increase coping.
• Enhancement of self-awareness.
• Enhancement of self-esteem.
• Facilitate self-responsibility.
• Behavior modification: social skills.
• Complex relationships in the hospital.
• Advice.