Increase your self-esteem by identifying the defense mechanism regression (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by identifying your primitive defense mechanism regression” continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by getting to know and manage your feelings.
As mentioned earlier, a defence mechanism is a psychological strategy. It is a manner of thinking and behaving that we unconsciously use to protect us from anxiety that arise from ‘unacceptable’ thoughts or feelings when we fear being judged by society and loved ones.
Defence mechanisms are learnt in childhood. The more primitive a defence mechanism, the less effective it will be over time.
Increase your self-esteem by identifying the defense mechanism regression
Regression is the return to a younger stage of development when you are experiencing unacceptable feelings, thoughts or impulses. For an example a pre-schooler who wants the bottle and starts sucking on the thumb when getting a sibling.
Or a teenager who is overwhelmed and becomes clingy and acts as a younger age.
Or the behaviour of an adult curling up in an infant’s position when being exposed to an extreme and traumatic stressful event.
When do you use regression? How often? Is this a problem for you?
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