Increase your self-esteem by being aware of your defense mechanisms (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by being aware of your defense mechanisms” continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by getting to know and manage your feelings.
Increase your self-esteem by being aware of your defense mechanisms:
A defence mechanism is a psychological strategy, a manner of thinking and behaving, that we unconsciously use to protect us from anxiety that arise from ‘unacceptable’ thoughts or feelings fearing being judged by society and loved ones.
Since it is about learnt behaviour, we can as adults get insights into this dynamic and thereby freeing us from problematic psychological symptoms as well as learn new, more adaptive defence mechanisms and behaviors.
Sigismund Freud noted some defence mechanisms, which then his daughter Anna Freud and other psychoanalysts have elaborated on, as well as added some more.
Even if some of Freud’s thinking and concepts nowadays are considered dated, the defence mechanisms have stood the test of times and is central for effective psychodynamic therapies such as ISTDP, see for example istdpinstitute.com
In what situations are you more likely to use defense mechanisms?
How willing are you to admit when you are defending yourself rather than listening and experiencing uncomfortable situations?
More about how you can increase your self-esteem in the next post. See also the free blog or the course How to develop self-esteem and boost your confidence at https://jennyrappbefree.com
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