Top Ego Defense Mechanisms on The Terri Cole Show

Top Ego Defense Mechanisms on The Terri Cole Show

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

Show Notes:

  • 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

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“Awareness is also a key to being empowered in your life.” –  Terri Cole

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  1. Hello everyone, I appreciate this episode on defense mechanisms. I’m seeking to become aware of which ones I may using.

    This season of my life had been focused on leveling up. I invest a great deal of time on information and have started to increase the action pieces to build some sort of life coaching business. It’s been so slow going … as if I don’t really want to do it. I chose low paying harder physical jobs instead of moving faster in coaching direction.

    Anyway- again, I’m seeking through meditation and body awareness to become aware of my blind spots.

    1. Hi Donna,
      Thank you for sharing and for being here! I’m cheering you on as you explore your blindspots and defense mechanisms – Glad this content resonated ❤️❤️

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