Increase your self-esteem by identifying your primitive defense mechanisms (1 minute read)
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Increase your self-esteem by identifying your primitive defense mechanisms:
Here are 15 common defence mechanisms nicely summarized by psychologist John Grohol divided into 3 groups:
7 primitive defence mechanisms
5 less primitive/more mature defence mechanisms
3 mature defence mechanisms
The primitive defence mechanism Denial
Denial is the refusal to accept the reality or facts, acting as if a painful event, thought or feeling did not exist or something the person do not want to admit. It is one of the most primitive defence mechanisms since it is connected to early childhood development.
A common example is an alcoholic who denies having a drinking problem, claiming that he/she functions well in job and relationships.
Or a visibly angry person in a screaming voice not admitting that he/she is raising the voice or behaving angry.
Or a person not admitting to an agreement that has been made even if there are written proofs.
When do you use denial? How often?
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