Psychologists have categorized defense mechanisms based upon how primitive they are. The more primitive a defense mechanism, the less effective it works for a person over the long-term. However, more primitive defense mechanisms are usually very effective short-term, and hence are favored by many people and children especially (when such primitive defense mechanisms are first learned). Adults who don’t learn better ways of coping with stress or traumatic events in their lives will often resort to such primitive defense mechanisms as well.
Today on Heart 2 Hart with Kimberley Hart-Ogburn, we will talk about coping day to day and how defense mechanisms can help you. We are living in a time where stress is on the rise because of the uncertainty of the economy, broken marriages and the safety of our kids. We sometimes need these defense mechanisms to help us over the stressers.
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