Sigmund Freud originally introduced the theory of Defense Mechanisms.
In this context, defense implies protection and means we use various psychological strategies to avoid or reduce anxiety. We may not be aware that we have Defense Mechanisms. They are usually quick and unconscious.
In this video, I will introduce 9 common types of Defense Mechanisms. They can either have a negative or positive impact. They may keep us from losing control of our emotions or prevent feelings of anxiety. However, they can also stop us from facing reality and have us live in denial. If you have concerns about your own Defense Mechanisms, you may want to seek help from a mental health professional.