The Shrink’s Links: The Defensive Functioning Scale

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It’s not a question of whether or not you use psychological defenses. Everybody does. It’s really a question of what they are. Some, you see, are better than others.

The first defenses we develop are the primitive ones, cheap and dirty, the barrel bombs of psychological defenses. Later, we acquire more finesse. The most mature defenses do a fine job of protecting our tender psyches from attack with far fewer side effects.

Click on this link and look over the menu. They are listed from best to worst. Pick out the psychological defenses you most often use, then choose some better ones. You may be due to upgrade.

Published by Keith R Wilson

I'm a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice with more than 30 years experience. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad. I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. I also have another self help book, Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments. I’ve also published two novels, a satire of the mental health field: Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic, and Intersections , which takes readers on a road trip with a suicidal therapist. If you prefer your reading in easily digestible bits, with or without with pictures, I have created a Twitter account @theshrinkslinks. MyFacebook page is called Keith R Wilson – Author.

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