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Where do defense mechanisms come from?
December 15, 1999
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December 16, 1999
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Defense mechanisms are part and parcel of psychodynamic psychologial theory, which was developed mainly by Freud. According to Freud, there are three main psychological forces in the human mind: id, ego, superego.

1. Id: The psychological force that produces instinctual needs, drives and impulses.

2. Ego: The psychological force that employs reason and operates in accordance with the reality principle (the recognition that we cannot always express or satisfy out id impulses).

3. Superego: The psychological force that emphasizes values and ideals.

Ego defense mechansims, according to psychoanalytic theory, are strategies developed by the ego to control unacceptable id impulses and to avoid or reduce the anxiety they arouse. These include repression, denial, fantasy, projection, rationalization, reaction formation, etc.

I can tell you about the operation of each defense mechanism, if you need to know more...

December 16, 1999
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I understand Frued's theory of the id, ego, and superego. However I am having trouble understanding where it comes from: is it a natural instinct, a subconscious level of reaction, or from a fear. I have been using avoidnce as an escape route from a person. I will look away in the other direction when their focus is on me and I will walk away when they approach me. I realized that I have been doing this to a lot of people even those I don't know, even if it is just a glance or a look to see who I am. Can you explain why my defenses are acting as walls.

December 23, 1999
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Defense mechanisms as i understand it are unconscious, and everyone uses them at one time or another.. it is when they are overused that problems occur.. there are many comlplications that could arise from their overuse, which should discussed with a good therapist to detect if that is the case here.. and so you can receive "tools" to help you deal with such situations.. I hope all goes well.. and be gentle with yourself..

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