#Healing #Session...Defensive Mask Session

By Roop Lakhani - 09:00:00

Each person masks their emotions differently. During one's childhood, an individual learns to behave a certain way when they receive approval from those around them and thus develops a mask...

A person's mask is noticeable when he or she is sick or weak as the individual will no longer have the power to keep the mask on.

In order to deal with conflict and problems in life, Freud stated that the ego employs a range of defense mechanisms

Defense mechanisms operate at an unconscious level and help ward off unpleasant feelings (i.e., anxiety) or make good things feel better for the individual.
We all have thoughts, feelings, and memories that can be difficult to deal with. In some cases, people deal with such feelings by utilizing what are known as defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms are unconscious psychological responses that protect people from threats and things that they don't want to think about or deal with.

Always listen to your heart, go wherever it takes you.

1. Displacement involves taking out our frustrations, feelings, and impulses on people or objects that are less threatening.
There is no point in trying to prove yourself to others, there is no need to wear a mask. Some of us wear it for so long we forget who we were beneath it. Be yourself, accept yourself, go ahead travel the road less traveled. Create your own unique story, because you deserve the best. Rather than removing anger that could lead to the negative consequences, instead remove anger to a person or or pet or any object where there is no threat.

2. Denial is probably one of the best-known defense mechanisms, used often to describe situations in which people seem unable to face reality or admit an obvious truth (i.e. "He's in denial."). Denial is an outright refusal to admit or recognize that something has occurred or is currently occurring. Drug addicts or alcoholics often deny that they have a problem, while victims of traumatic events may deny that the event ever occurred.
In many cases, there might be overwhelming evidence that something is true, yet the person will continue to deny its existence or truth because it is too uncomfortable to face.

3. Repression and suppression is another well-known defense mechanism. Repression acts to keep information out of conscious awareness. However, these memories don't just disappear; they continue to influence our behavior. For example, a person who has repressed memories of abuse suffered as a child may later have difficulty forming relationships.
Sometimes we do this consciously by forcing the unwanted information out of our awareness, which is known as suppression. In most cases, however, this removal of anxiety-provoking memories from our awareness is believed to occur unconsciously.

4. Sublimation is a defense mechanism that allows us to act out unacceptable impulses by converting these behaviors into a more acceptable form. For example, a person experiencing extreme anger might take up kick-boxing as a means of venting frustration.

5. Projection is a defense mechanism that involves taking our own unacceptable qualities or feelings and ascribing them to other people. For example, if you have a strong dislike for someone, you might instead believe that he or she does not like you. Projection works by allowing the expression of the desire or impulse, but in a way that the ego cannot recognize, therefore reducing anxiety.

6. Rationalization is a defense mechanism that involves explaining an unacceptable behavior or feeling in a rational or logical manner, avoiding the true reasons for the behavior. For example, a person who is turned down for a date might rationalize the situation by saying they were not attracted to the other person anyway. A student might blame a poor exam score on the instructor rather than his or her lack of preparation.

7. Intellectualization works to reduce anxiety by thinking about events in a cold, clinical way.For example, a person who has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness might focus on learning everything about the disease in order to avoid distress and remain distant from the reality of the situation.

8. Regression - When confronted by stressful events, people sometimes abandon coping strategies and revert to patterns of behavior used earlier in development. For example, an individual fixated at an earlier developmental stage might cry or sulk upon hearing unpleasant news.

9. Reaction formation reduces anxiety by taking up the opposite feeling, impulse, or behavior. An example of reaction formation would be treating someone you strongly dislike in an excessively friendly manner in order to hide your true feelings. Why do people behave this way? According to Freud, they are using reaction formation as a defense mechanism to hide their true feelings by behaving in the exact opposite manner.

10. Compensation is Overachieving in one area to compensate for failures in another.

11. Humor is Pointing out the funny or ironic aspects of a situation.

12. Passive-aggression is Indirectly expressing anger.

13 Fantasy is Avoiding reality by retreating to a safe place within one's mind.

14. Undoing is trying to make up for what one feels are inappropriate thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. If you hurt someone's feelings, you might offer to do something nice in for them in order to assuage your anxiety.

While defense mechanisms are often thought of as negative reactions, we all need them to temporarily ease stress and protect self-esteem during critical times, allowing US to focus on what is necessary in the moment. Some of these defenses can be more helpful than others. For example, utilizing humor to overcome a stressful, anxiety-provoking situation can actually be an adaptive defense mechanism. 

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