What are Defense Mechanisms? 11 Defense Mechanism Examples

Posted on July 9, 2013. Filed under: Lifestyle, Relationship | Tags: , |

What are defense mechanisms

What are defense mechanisms

I just got back home from a relaxing evening at the Virgin Active Gym and Spa. After a long and productive day at work, it is the greatest way to decompress from the mental, emotional, and physical stress from the day.

Back in the day, I was so focused on being in go, go, go mode it was hard to disengage and shift focus to being in be, be, be mode. Being under a lot of stress can leave you feeling exhausted, burnout and irritable.

It can also affect how you perceive others and the challenging situations you are facing. Some of these skewed perceptions are known as defense mechanisms.

We can use them as a way to cope with life’s ups and downs and protect ourselves from pain and overwhelm, but unfortunately they are short-lived and can end up causing us more problems in our interpersonal relationships in the long-run.

Do you ever fall into the trap of using defense mechanisms?

The first step out of the rabbit hole is to 1) know what are defense mechanisms and 2) become aware of the 11 examples of defense mechanisms you and others around you may use to deal with life’s obstacles.

Which is exactly what we are talking about today on True Potential TV.


What are defense mechanisms? Defense Mechanism Examples

You will also want to check out 2:21 min into the video because there is an interesting conversation you will definitely not want to miss.

With love and gratitude,


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