Words like “denial” and “projecting” are thrown around a lot in casual conversation these days. These terms address psychological defense mechanisms. However, I think that some of these terms are commonly misunderstood.
On today’s episode, I go over the top ego defense mechanisms, and I clarify what they actually mean. I talk specifically about repression, denial, projection, displacement, sublimation, reaction formation, and intellectualization. I hope these definitions and examples help you understand your own psychological defense processes.
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“It is better to choose to know what driving your behavior, because then you can actually choose to do something about it.” – Terri Cole
- What are defense mechanisms
- What is denial
- How to spot repression
- Examples of projection
- The definition of displacement
- What is sublimation
- What reaction formation is
- How intellectualization works
“All of these things, if they are employed consciously or not consciously too often, they are doing not great things to your relationships.” – Terri Cole
“Awareness is also a key to being empowered in your life.” – Terri Cole