Q&A: Defense Mechanism where one thinks something harmful was good for you?

Question by Moore: Defense Mechanism where one thinks something harmful was good for you?
There are a lot of defense mechanisms identified in psychoanalysis. What is the name of the one where something terrible happened, but you twist it in your memory and perception as a good and helpful thing?

Classic example is a person who was severely physically abused in childhood, who then as an adult thinks they benefited from the abuse because it made them behave themselves.

Any professional sources (not wiki) are greatly appreciated, but not required.

Best answer:

Answer by clinician
It sounds like rationalization.

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