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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 emotions into the totally wrong target. Anyone who crosses your path is going to wish they hadn’t.
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 acknowledging how you’ve contributed to your downfall is never easy.
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 we doubt our abilities and suddenly become hyper-aware of our own shortcomings.
They are normal, but shouldn't be used to the extreme.
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—it involves vehemently denying the fact that it even exists. It blinds you with unrealistic optimism.
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 assignment will still need to get done. That conflict with that co-worker will need to be resolved eventually.
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