101 Defenses: How the Mind Shields Itself

101 Defenses: How the Mind Shields Itself

101 Defenses: How the Mind Shields Itself

101 Defenses: How the Mind Shields Itself

Synopsis

Defenses are mental operations that restore or maintain psychic equilibrium when people feel that they cannot manage emotions that stem from conflict; they remove components of unpleasant emotions from conscious awareness. For example, using sex, food, or hostility to relieve tension that's a defense - catalogued here as entry number 68: Impulsivity. Screaming at someone can be a defense. Playing golf can be a defense. So can saving money. Or at least all of these activities may involve defenses. In this book, Blackman catalogues 101 defenses ¿ the most ever compiled ¿ with descriptions detailed enough for use by therapists in the assessment and treatment of psychopathology and practical enough for anyone interested in understanding how psychological defenses operate in everyday life.
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