Monthly Archives: November 2011

Reaction Formation, a defense mechanism for complex problems

Reaction Formation Two defense mechanisms therapists encounter and with which they must come to grips are reaction formation and projection. Defense mechanisms are those strategies that we develop which are designed to protect us from anxiety. Whenever there is a … Continue reading

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Its Not Fair!

Me…. Family…. Clan…. Tribe…. Nation The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I am me, but I am also us. I am a part of a larger whole, consisting of my community and its values. There are … Continue reading

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Anxiety or Depression? Sometimes it is Both!

Depression or Anxiety? Often it is Both Many people suffer from what are called co-morbid conditions. That means that there are at least two different conditions and that an individual may suffer from both of them at the same time. … Continue reading

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The Understanding And Treatment of Anger in Therapy

We use defense mechanisms to protect ourselves from anxiety. That is the simplest formulation of what they are and what they do. They protect us, or at least, we think they do. We intend for them to protect us, but … Continue reading

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