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Are These Defense Mechanisms Preventing You From Being Productive?

Other defense mechanisms

  • Regression: Reverting to childlike behaviors.
  • Compartmentalization: Segregating different thoughts or portions of your life (i.e. shutting out any personal problems while you’re at work).
  • Projection: Assigning your own thoughts and emotions to others.
  • Undoing: Attempting to backpedal a negative behavior with a lot of positives.

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Are These Defense Mechanisms Preventing You From Being Productive?

Are These Defense Mechanisms Preventing You From Being Productive?

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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 we doubt our abilities and suddenly become hyper-aware of our own shortcomings. 

They are normal, but shouldn't be used to the extreme.

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 assignment will still need to get done. That conflict with that co-worker will need to be resolved eventually.

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—it involves vehemently denying the fact that it even exists. It blinds you with unrealistic optimism.

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 acknowledging how you’ve contributed to your downfall is never easy.

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 emotions into the totally wrong target. Anyone who crosses your path is going to wish they hadn’t.

Other defense mechanisms

  • Regression: Reverting to childlike behaviors.
  • Compartmentalization: Segregating different thoughts or portions of your life (i.e. shutting out any personal problems while you’re at work).
  • Projection: Assigning your own thoughts and emotions to others.
  • Undoing: Attempting to backpedal a negative behavior with a lot of positives.

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