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A A psychosocial task for middle adulthood according to Erickson is generativity; this task is concerned with the sense of productivity & accomplishment. 2. C Intellectualization is the use of reasoning & thought process to avoid the emotional aspects of a situation; this is a defense against anxiety. A. Projection is denying unacceptable traits &r regarding them as belonging to another person. B. Sublimation is a defense wherein the person redirects the energy of unacceptable impulses into socially acceptable behaviors or activities. D. Reaction formation is behavior opposite to what the person is feeling.