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Are These Defense Mechanisms Preventing You From Being Productive?

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Are These Defense Mechanisms Preventing You From Being Productive?
Allow me to kick things off with a (perhaps embarrassing?) confession: The very thought of writing this piece seemed really intimidating to me. I was concerned about creating something that was thorough and accurate, yet still made sense and was easy to read.

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Defense Mechanisms

Our defense mechanisms really kick into high gear during situations where we feel threatened. That doesn’t necessarily mean physically threatened, but also in high-stress environments where ...

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Avoidance

Mechanism motto: I’m going to stay as far away from that stressful thing as possible.

The problem with avoidance: Things don’t go away just because you ignore them. That ...

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Denial

Mechanism motto: There’s no way that’s going to happen.

The problem with denial: Denial is more than just avoiding a potentially threatening thought or circumstance—...

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Rationalization

Mechanism motto: That wasn’t my fault because...

The problem with rationalization: It involved the blame game. Taking an honest look at your own faults and acknowled...

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Displacement

Mechanism motto: I need to find an unsuspecting target for my negative emotions.

The problem with displacement: You’ll channel all of your frustration and negative emotio...

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Other defense mechanisms

  • Regression: Reverting to childlike behaviors.
  • Compartmentalization: Segregating different thoughts or portions of your life (i.e. shutting out any personal problems wh...

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