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University of Monsters

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Jenny's dream has always been to go to the University of Monsters. She sends in her application and waits with great anticipation for an answer. She is accepted at several other colleges while she is waiting.

One day, the University of Monsters letter comes in the mail and Jenny find out that she has not gotten in. When Jenny's friends come to console her, Jenny says, "It's OK. The university was so far away and expensive. Now I can just go to Purdue and be closer to my family."

What defense mechanism is Jenny using to deal with her disappointment?

A

Reaction formation

B

Rationalization

C

Displacement

D

Projection

E

Denial