Increase your self-esteem by understanding your defense mechanisms (1 minute read)
This post “Increase your self-esteem by understanding 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 understanding your defense mechanisms:
We all use defence mechanisms. The question is how mature they are – that is, what kind of consequences they create in our lives.
The aim of using a defence mechanism is to protect ourselves from anxiety or guilt that arise when we (the Ego in Sigismund Freud’s term) feel threatened or fear being judged by society and loved ones (Freud named this the Superego) or pressured by biological drives (Freud’s concept of the Id).
Hence, anxiety according to this view of the human mind is a signal to the ego that survival is in danger!
According to Freud and followers the ego then uses unconscious defence mechanisms to avoid anxiety and to make us feel better.
When do you use defence mechanisms?
Which situations make you feel the most vulnerable?
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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