COMMON DEFENSE MECHANISMS Repression Involuntarily pushing unpleasant feelings out of one’s mind Regression Returning to behaviors characteristic of a younger age, rather than dealing with problems in a mature manner Denial Unconscious lack of recognition of something that is obvious to others Projection Attributing your own feelings or faults to another person or group Suppression Consciously and intentionally pushing unpleasant feelings out of one’s mind Rationalization Making excuses to explain a situation of behavior rather than taking responsibility for it. Compensation Making up for weaknesses and mistakes through gift giving, hard work, or extreme efforts.
ANGER Dif ferent ways to manage anger: Do something to relax Channel your energy in a different direction Talk with someone you trust What are some techniques you use to manage your anger?
FEAR What is something your afraid of? Ways to help combat fear: Talk with a friend or adult Community Resources (college decisions) Face the fear head on
GUILT Destructive emotion that can destroy self -esteem Combatting Guilt: Admit making a mistake Apologizing Being more thoughtful in the future Remember that there are some circumstances that are out of your control and ARE NOT YOUR FAULT!
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