Minimisation (psychology)

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Minimisation is a type of deception involving denial coupled with rationalisation in situations where complete denial is implausible.wikipedia
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Denial

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Minimisation is a type of deception involving denial coupled with rationalisation in situations where complete denial is implausible. 'Typical psychological defences exhibited by stalkers and guilty criminal suspects include denial, rationalisation, minimisation and projection of blame onto the victim'.

Deception

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Minimisation is a type of deception involving denial coupled with rationalisation in situations where complete denial is implausible.

Psychological manipulation

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Common narcissistic defences include splitting, denial, projection, projective identification, primitive idealization and devaluation, distortion (including exaggeration, minimization and lies), and omnipotence.

Stalking

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'Typical psychological defences exhibited by stalkers and guilty criminal suspects include denial, rationalisation, minimisation and projection of blame onto the victim'.
The nonpsychotic stalkers' pursuit of victims is primarily angry, vindictive, focused, often including projection of blame, obsession, dependency, minimization, denial, and jealousy.

Victimisation

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School bullying is one form of victimisation or physical abuse which has sometimes been unofficially encouraged, ritualised or even minimised as a sort of prank by teachers or peers.
Afterwards, they often make excuses and minimise what happened to them, sometimes never reporting the assault to the authorities.

Cognitive distortion

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As such, narcissists use exaggeration and minimization to defend against psychic pain.

Narcissism

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On the other hand, one technique used by Alfred Adler to combat neurosis was to minimise the excessive significance the neurotic attaches to his own symptoms —the narcissistic gains derived from pride in one's own illness.

Power (social and political)

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The main difference between pranks and bullying is establishment of power inequity between the bully and the victim that lasts beyond the duration of the act.
An attempt may be made to normalise, legitimise, rationalise, deny, or minimise the abusive behaviour, or to blame the victim for it.

Exaggeration

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It is the opposite of exaggeration.
It is the opposite of minimisation.

Euphemism

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Related but separate is euphemism, where a polite phrase is used in place of a harsher or more offensive expression.

Rationalization (psychology)

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Minimisation is a type of deception involving denial coupled with rationalisation in situations where complete denial is implausible. 'Typical psychological defences exhibited by stalkers and guilty criminal suspects include denial, rationalisation, minimisation and projection of blame onto the victim'.

Guilt (emotion)

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Minimisation—downplaying the significance of an event or emotion—is a common strategy in dealing with feelings of guilt.

Psychological projection

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'Typical psychological defences exhibited by stalkers and guilty criminal suspects include denial, rationalisation, minimisation and projection of blame onto the victim'.

Altruism

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A variation on minimisation as a manipulative technique is "claiming altruistic motives" such as saying "I don't do this because I am selfish, and for gain, but because I am a socially aware person interested in the common good".

Insult

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School bullying

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School bullying is one form of victimisation or physical abuse which has sometimes been unofficially encouraged, ritualised or even minimised as a sort of prank by teachers or peers.

Physical abuse

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School bullying is one form of victimisation or physical abuse which has sometimes been unofficially encouraged, ritualised or even minimised as a sort of prank by teachers or peers.

List of school pranks

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School bullying is one form of victimisation or physical abuse which has sometimes been unofficially encouraged, ritualised or even minimised as a sort of prank by teachers or peers.

Humour

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Understatement is a staple of humour in English-speaking cultures, especially in British humour.

British humour

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Understatement is a staple of humour in English-speaking cultures, especially in British humour.

Depression (mood)

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One of the problems of depression (found in those with clinical, bipolar, and chronic depressive mood disorders, as well as cyclothymia) is the tendency to do the reverse: minimising the positive, discounting praise, and dismissing one's own accomplishments.

Major depressive disorder

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One of the problems of depression (found in those with clinical, bipolar, and chronic depressive mood disorders, as well as cyclothymia) is the tendency to do the reverse: minimising the positive, discounting praise, and dismissing one's own accomplishments.

Bipolar disorder

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One of the problems of depression (found in those with clinical, bipolar, and chronic depressive mood disorders, as well as cyclothymia) is the tendency to do the reverse: minimising the positive, discounting praise, and dismissing one's own accomplishments.