Defense mechanisms are your brain’s (mostly unconscious) way of avoiding conflict, anxiety or upset. Although they get a bad rap, defense mechanisms are a necessary part of your psychology, and some are even considered healthy! Today, you’ll gain some self-awareness as you learn all about defense mechanisms and where you fit.
Resources for What You Need to Know About Defense Mechanisms
Di Giuseppe M, Perry JC. The Hierarchy of Defense Mechanisms: Assessing Defensive Functioning With the Defense Mechanisms Rating Scales Q-Sort. Front Psychol. 2021 Oct 15;12:718440. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718440. PMID: 34721167; PMCID: PMC8555762.