Common defense mechanism may result in healthy or unhealthy issues, depending on the circumstances and frequency with which the mechanism is used. Mental strategies that the unconscious mind expresses to manipulate reality to defend against feelings of anxiety and improper impulses. These processes that distort reality may include burial of a painful feeling or thought out of a person’s consciousness. justification of a person's behavior and motives by substituting "good" reasons for the true motives. Healthy people normally use different defense mechanisms throughout life. A defense mechanism becomes unhealthy only when its persistent use leads to social anxiety behavior such that the mental health of the individual is affected. Among the purposes of ego defense mechanisms is to protect the ego from anxiety or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.
Common defense mechanism a story about an elephant
Grandfather and grandson walk in the zoo. The grandson sees an elephant tied with a rope to the ground. The grandson asks the grandfather: “This elephant is so big and the rope is so weak. Why doesn’t the elephant tear the rope and run away?” The grandfather answers him: “The rope was tied to the elephant when he was still a little puppy. He never learned that he could tear this rope himself and go free.”
Like the little elephant around our necks, there is a rope that stops you from being truly free. Around your neck, there is a metaphorical rope that prevents you from moving and acting the way you would like. This rope is the defense mechanism. Usually, you put this rope on yourself at a younger age when you were a child. There are cases where you develop a defense mechanism at a later stage following severe mental trauma. To exist the defense mechanism takes from your life forces. At some point, the mechanism gets out of control and instead of protecting you, it takes over all your actions. Prevents you from doing things you want to do. In this lesson we will learn:
What is a defense system?
How is it created?
What is the role of the defense system today?