Coping skills & self-soothing · Therapy · Uncategorized

Freud: what’s the defense mechanism of the day?

In the language of Freud, defense mechanisms are the unconscious things we do to deal with difficult emotion or stress.  They are kind of like absent-minded coping skills, and we all use them.  They’re natural and normal.  They help us deal with life struggles.  But, just like coping skills, defense mechanisms come in different flavors. … Continue reading Freud: what’s the defense mechanism of the day?

Conflict · Coping skills & self-soothing · Therapy · Uncategorized

Defense Mechanisms: What would you do?

Picture this scenario: You’re a college student.  You’ve been working very hard on a paper for class when Don, another student, steals the paper and presents it to the professor himself.  The professor is impressed with Don and gives him an A, then dings you for copying him.  You can't prove that you're the original… Continue reading Defense Mechanisms: What would you do?

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Muscle Relaxation Exercises

Muscle relaxation can be helpful for anxiety, as well as for anger, stress, insomnia, and agitation.  People with stress or anxiety often feel so keyed up during the day that they don’t even remember what it’s like to be calm.  Muscle relaxation exercises release the tension in the muscles and help a person relax, lowering… Continue reading Muscle Relaxation Exercises