Famous Defense Mechanism: DENIAL!
Most of you will agree that we often use denial as our defense mechanism. We choose this to ignore the situation and avoid anxiety from getting through. It is like hiding something because we don’t want to get attacked by it. We all have our defense mechanisms, which depend on what kind of people we are. But there are times that denial is the best option. We will not acknowledge what’s already in our face and keep on denying things. That is how it works, and we used to it all our life!
Some of us are too in denial and keep on stalling because we cannot deal with something, or some situations are too stressful and heavy to talk about. Either way, it depends on the person handling it. In this piece, I want to tackle this matter because I thought that we should understand how people deal with everything. And why denial became the most famous defense mechanism of all time. If you are curious and interested, keep scrolling down.
Signs of Denial
Yes, you read it right. There are signs that you are a denial person. Some people can determine who is who when it comes to this. But sometimes, they ignore the signs. If you are curious whether the individual you are talking to is being in denial, just observe the things mentioned below.
Refuse to talk about the problem – you may observe that they don’t want to talk about their problem, whether by canceling you right away or by transitioning into another topic. They do not want to discuss it, and of course, you need to know when to stop asking too.
Find ways to justify their behavior – this is common, and I remember talking to someone in denial. They will always tell you their points, even if you understood them and corrected their behavior. They will keep on insisting and justifying their actions or behaviors until you get tired of explaining your side.
Blaming other people – mostly, denial people will blame others when their actions or behavior are corrected and questioned. They will start pointing their finger to outside forces for causing the problem to happen.
Persisting a negative behavior – this is like finding ways to justify their behavior, but more of actions. Even if their behavior is already causing negative consequences, they will still embrace it. This is one of the toxic signs.
Addressing the problem in the future – denial people will tell you that they will address the problem sooner, but no actions are taken. They will keep on saying promises of handling the situation, but end up doing nothing.
Avoids thinking about the problem – this is an issue for the denial person himself. He will keep on avoiding the problem. Setting it aside without thinking for possible solutions or consequences if not solved.
This is for everybody out there. If you think that you have these signs in you, I think you should start working on them. You cannot keep on pretending that you listen to others, but actually, brush them off.
Date Published: February 3, 2022
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