More about somewhat helpful strategies we use to manage strong feelings ( 1 minute read)
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More about somewhat helpful strategies we use to manage strong feelings:
Defense mechanisms can be divided into 4 levels. The levels mirror different levels of maturity and hence are increasingly constructive ways of dealing with difficult feelings.
This post continues with Level III which contains intermediate, neurotic defenses common in mild anxiety problems but also in diagnoses such as phobias and panic disorder. They cause the user more discomfort than the observer.
Intellectualization is when a person avoids uncomfortable emotions by focusing on facts and logic. This neutralizes anxiety by ignoring the emotional responses. This will less likely lead to embarrassing moments compared to using more primitive defense mechanisms. The problem is that the feelings might need to be acknowledged to be able to move on.
The two defense mechanisms isolation and undoing are connected to intellectualization and are the topic of the next post.
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