Defense mechanisms...Spill:

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    May 22, 2011 10:38 AM GMT
    Basic definition:

    '' Most notably used by Sigmund Freud in his psychoanalytic theory, a defense mechanism is a tactic developed by the ego to protect against anxiety. Defense mechanisms are thought to safeguard the mind against feelings and thoughts that are too difficult for the conscious mind to cope with. In some instances, defense mechanisms are thought to keep inappropriate or unwanted thoughts and impulses from entering the conscious mind.

    A defense mechanism is a strategy used to cover up or change unconscious desires and wishes that may be inappropriate or difficult to express.

    For example, if you are faced with a particularly unpleasant task, your mind may choose to forget your responsibility in order to avoid the dreaded assignment. In addition to forgetting, other defense mechanisms include rationalization, denial, repression, projection, rejection and reaction formation.
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    We all have them, in different forms and to different degrees, it's a basic human cerebral function.

    What are yours? When do they come into play in your life? Discuss.
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    May 22, 2011 10:55 AM GMT
    If there is a topic that gets really uncomfortable, I start to dive into another subject matter. That or get aggressive.
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    May 22, 2011 11:06 AM GMT
    When someone tries to break me down and tell me exactly who I am as a person.
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    May 22, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    My defense mechanism : I watch , listen , process , then i open my mouth and give my opinion .....
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    May 22, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidIf there is a topic that gets really uncomfortable, I start to dive into another subject matter. That or get aggressive.


    Avoidance.... very common one icon_smile.gif

    Mine would also be avoidance...

    Other important ones include humor and sublimation... which I tend to use.
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    May 22, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    As if I'd tell you. icon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    i usually just start out with a(n) undifferent attitude, then i just totally ignore that person..... icon_eek.gif , somewhat close to avoiding.....lool
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    May 22, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    _SAGE_ saidBasic definition:

    '' Most notably used by Sigmund Freud in his psychoanalytic theory, a defense mechanism is a tactic developed by the ego to protect against anxiety. Defense mechanisms are thought to safeguard the mind against feelings and thoughts that are too difficult for the conscious mind to cope with. In some instances, defense mechanisms are thought to keep inappropriate or unwanted thoughts and impulses from entering the conscious mind.

    A defense mechanism is a strategy used to cover up or change unconscious desires and wishes that may be inappropriate or difficult to express.

    For example, if you are faced with a particularly unpleasant task, your mind may choose to forget your responsibility in order to avoid the dreaded assignment. In addition to forgetting, other defense mechanisms include rationalization, denial, repression, projection, rejection and reaction formation.
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    We all have them. I'm sure gays have very well devloped ones in most places all around the world, for obvious reasons.

    What are yours? When do they come into play in your life? Discuss.


    First of all, i'm just gonna say HAHAHAHHAHA we are talking about sigmund Freud. A psychologist who has been discredited on almost all plains of psychology. The only reason we still learn about him is because well, he is freaking hilarious.

    With such ideals as Penis envy, The Oedipus Complex, and the fact that almost anything can be refered back to sex, he is the a laugh riot.

    Now the idea of defense mechanisms, is somewhat on the right path, but its not true in everyone which is why it is discredited, but in response to the OP.

    When something awkward or bad confronts me i use humor.
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    May 22, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    neffa saidMy defense mechanism : I watch , listen , process , then i open my mouth and give my opinion .....


    You either haven't grasped the psychoanalytical definition of defense mechanisms or you're being passive aggressive and lame. Which is it?



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    May 22, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    Some interesting responses so far.

    Myself, I generally tend to intellectualize extremely stressful problems which invariably yields positive results, but in rare cases failing that: repression, which doesn't .... =s
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    May 22, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    unfounded7 saidAs if I'd tell you. icon_wink.gif


    Heroin? icon_wink.gif


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    I wasn't trying to dick-ride Freud, this has nothing to do with his more outlandish sexual repression theories. I know a lot of his work has been discredited, but defense mechanisms isn't part of that, and is still used today in the field as valid observations of human behaviour, so calm yo tits ;]

    Plus I want a re-match on Words with Friends ...Grrrrr ;p


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    May 22, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    For me, the best defense... is a good offense:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVnnvj31zyI

    "...crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

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    May 22, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    Definitely intellectualizing and probably some repression.
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    May 22, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    neffa saidMy defense mechanism : I watch , listen , process , then i open my mouth and give my opinion .....


    THAT'S NOT A FUCKING DEFENSE MECHANISM YOU STUPID WOMAN!

    Anyway, I like this thread. I constantly educate people on defense mechanisms. Gay people have it bad, especially with rejection. I can go into this further if anyone likes...like seriously write a dissertation on this.
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    May 22, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    i probably turn super polite and focus on either the other party or some other topic in a positive manner. basically, i just shut down and let my "friendly" persona run on autopilot circling me, but never actually enter my airspace.

    i take so long to open up, people think i won't.

    unless you're talking about on the internet....lol
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    May 22, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    Indifference. I pretend they don't exist.
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    May 22, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    Proscrastination. And pretending Ariodante isn't hot.
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    May 22, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    I speak my mind and people have a problem with that and i am unapologetic
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    May 22, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidProscrastination. And pretending Ariodante isn't hot.


    We can pretend together in the broom closet icon_idea.gif
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    May 22, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    procrastination. and avoidance.
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    May 22, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidFor me, the best defense... is a good offense:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVnnvj31zyI

    "...crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

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    thats friggin awesome!