Increase your self-esteem by understanding the primitive defense mechanism acting out (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by understanding the primitive defense mechanism acting out” continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by getting to know and manage your feelings.
Defence mechanisms are strategies learnt in childhood to manage difficult feelings and situations. The more primitive a defence mechanism, the less effective it will be over time.
Increase your self-esteem by understanding the primitive defense mechanism acting out:
Acting Out is using an extreme and often immature behavior in order to manage unacceptable thoughts or feelings.
As when a child is having a temper tantrum when not getting what he/she wants.
Or when adults are throwing things or hitting instead of saying “I am angry with you”.
Or theatrically storming out of a though meeting.
Self-injury may sometimes be a form of acting-out, showing the pain that the person does not dare to talk about, cannot stand to feel or has no words to express.
Acting out can become a way to release pressure helping the person to temporarily feel calmer and peaceful but it often comes with a cost. It is often a fight or flight-response and a sign of inability to manage strong emotions.
When do you act out?
Is this a problem for you?
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