Defense mechanisms. We all have them…and no, I don’t mean what you picked up in karate lessons as a kid. I mean the way we react to situations that make us anxious, stressed or troubled. From my understanding, they are unconscious reactions, as compared to “coping mechanisms”, which are typically constructive and conscious. I had two notable triggered reactions recently, so I decided to share what I have observed these two mechanisms to be. Although this post is not Dutchinese in nature, I guess it has to do with the whole “navigating life” bit. 😉 In case you want a detailed explanation of defense mechanisms and typical types, you can read more here: 15 Common Defense Mechanisms.
Computer Christine is the name I just invented to call one of my defense mechanisms. It’s definitely the strangest reaction I’ve exhibited to emotional turmoil, as it can literally turn on like a switch. [Read more…]