Increase your self-esteem by understanding the defense mechanism isolation (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by understanding the defense mechanism isolation“ continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by managing your thoughts and feelings.
Increase your self-esteem by understanding the defense mechanism isolation:
Isolation is when a person separate ideas or feelings from the rest of their thoughts.
Isolation is related to repression but have distinct dimensions. It creates a gap between an unpleasant or threatening thought and other thoughts and feelings.
By minimizing connections with other thoughts, the threatening thought will be remembered less often and is less likely to affect one’s self-esteem and identity. Freud used the example of a person who starts a train of thought and then pause before continuing to a different topic. By inserting the pause the person distances the two topics from each other.
For example, a person with a stressful job might use isolation to separate work life from family life as an attempt to avoid work-related stress affecting their private relationships.
Or isolating sensing from emotional reactions as when experiencing pain as touch.
Or experiencing a life-threatening situation as a problem one can handle.
Isolation of affect is when one ‘think’ the feeling but does not really feel it.
Isolation is also used when trivializing.
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