Why Do I Do That?: Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives

Why Do I Do That? adapts the basic strategies of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a guided course in self-exploration, highlighting the universal role of defense mechanisms in warding off emotional pain. With easy-to-understand explanations, the first part teaches you about the unconscious mind and the role of psychological defenses in excluding difficult feelings from awareness. Individual chapters in the longer middle section explore the primary defense mechanisms one by one, with exercises to help you identify your own defenses at work. The final part offers guidance for how to “disarm” your defenses and cope more effectively with the unconscious feelings behind them. Psychological defense mechanisms are an inevitable and necessary part of the human experience; but when they become too pervasive or deeply entrenched, they may damage our personal relationships, restrict or distort our emotional lives and prevent us from behaving in ways that promote lasting self-esteem.

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Anonymous on November 5, 2019 at 06:23.

as a defence against painful emotion. To me The subject matter alone, defence mechanisms, deserves 5 stars for importance and relevance since it concerns one of the most influential and under-reported aspects of human behaviour throughout history – the capacity for human nature to hide itself from itself, as a defence against painful emotion. To me, defence mechanisms is an essential topic that should be taught in high school. Awareness of defence mechanisms helps remove the big mental block that many people have in being unable to see…

Anonymous on November 5, 2019 at 06:32.

Perfect and Inspiring Very well written: smart, clear, well-organized. This book covers content that is very difficult for just about anyone to read because it directly challenges their whole personality structure–this is absolutely not a feel-good book. However, it presents the concepts in ways that are easy to understand and easy to see in action in our own lives. Properly absorbed, it will allow you to see yourself and just about everyone else you know well in a deeper, richer way that better reflects the innate…

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