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Personality Adjustment and Conflict Self Defense Mechanisms. Think of a situation in your life where you acted like nothing was wrong when there really was. Do Now. Defense Mechanisms. Defense mechanisms help us cope with unbearable thoughts, feelings and wishes .
Defense Mechanisms do for anxiety, what endorphins do for physical pain – reduce impact
Have you ever heard of the word Psychosomatic?
I hate this pie!!!
I can’t believe Bertha broke up with me.
Separation of emotion from its real object and redirection of the intense
emotion toward someone or something that is less offensive or threatening in
order to avoid dealing directly with what is frightening or threatening
The process of expressing the opposite of what we feel
She’s really pretty, I wonder if she likes me?
Wow, he’s talking to me!!
I hate my boss – he makes my life miserable! I’ll send him a birthday email.
…and then it burned down, can you believe that? Yup, lost everything. Can I have more iced tea?
What do you MEAN “How do I feel?” Are you giving me a reason to feel bad?!
emotional energy into constructive or
“Drive past any school playground and find the kid sitting by himself looking miserable…that’s your future successful writer”)
It is probably the most useful and constructive of the defense mechanisms – to a point
Victims of domestic violence are often told “You deserved it” or “I didn’t want to hit you, but you asked for it”. This is a form of rationalization. Victims also sometimes exhibit the defense mechanism “Identification with Aggressor”
Taking on characteristics of someone who
psychologically avoid abuse.
The behavior is considered a common survival strategy for victims of interpersonal abuse, and has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners of war, and concentration camp survivors
I should be upset that I wrecked my car on the way here – but I really don’t care.
What is expressing the opposite of what we feel
What is the name for not really reacting to emotional pain and explaining it away in removed detail
Isolation of Affect/Intellectualization
What is the name for putting emotional pain into physical activity
What is doing something nice for someone we dislike
What is behaving badly for some unassociated reason
Acting OutWhat is the name for putting emotional pain into physical activity
What is attributing your own thoughts onto someone else
What is sarcasm and hostility done with a smile
What is taking the blame for something that is not your fault to keep peace
Rationalization for an aggressor
In your group of friends, develop an example/situation for each defense mechanism in your handout
Good examples take some time to develop the scene, characters and situation at hand.
Do in notebook – will check for quiz grade
You may work with a partner