6 common defense mechanisms that we naturally use against intense emotions that might actually produce anxiety

These common defense mechanisms might actually cause anxiety

They tell us that we have internal mechanisms to find balance, serenity, and, hopefully, to live better. But we also have ways of hiding from problems, which can be a big problem in itself.

Experts often call them defense mechanisms. They are the ones we unconsciously use to defend ourselves from emotions or thoughts that might produce anxiety.

Defense mechanisms serve to diminish intense emotions, commonly call "negative".

They usually serve to balance reality, to adapt us to live together better and to protect our emotional balance. But they can cause us to withdraw from reality and make problems worse.

There are some specific mechanisms that people apply in different types of situations. We tell you the 5 ways to hide from problems, which means, increase them normally.

The person denies what is happening

1. Withdrawal: the person closes in on himself; he or she moves away from reality and loses contact with the environment. It is a way of escaping from a reality that they cannot assume as such.

2. Denial: the person denies what is happening, believing that it does not exist or is not real.

3. Omnipotent control: in this case, the person thinks that everything that happens is under his direct influence, and believes that he can control it.

4. Idealization and devaluation: this is one of the most frequent defense mechanisms. It creates dependence on another person, giving him or her personal power and thinks that these will solve his or her problems and make them complete.

5. Projection: here the person does not take charge of his behavior and thoughts, and blames others, denying his responsibility.

6. Splitting: dividing everything into good/bad, including people. Apparently, this quick unconscious classification is a distortion that gives you the feeling that you are resolving situations that you feel threatening.

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