BEH 225 Week 5 - DQ 2 - 7441

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As a result of the fact that I work in a field pertaining to mental and psychological conditions, I notice numerous defense mechanisms on a daily basis. They are as follows:

 

  • Denial – I deal with numerous patients suffer depression, and they continue to be in complete denial of it. I find that it is often-times the ones that feel as though they have no reason to be depressed that are usually the most depressed.  Some of my patients undergo short-term depression as a result of a current environment or situation, yet they deny that it exists. I have many other patients who have experienced very traumatic events and/or have a chemical imbalance that will most-likely result in long-term depression that has the capacity to be treated with both therapy and/or medication, but they do not accept that as fact. An advantage to their denial is that since the patient is not recognizing their condition, they typically maintain an optimistic outlook; they do not despair as much. A disadvantage, however, is that they fight the necessary treatment which usually causes more harm than good, especially in the long-run.
  • Identification – A patient of mine tends to mock the way I act and dress. For instance, if I wear a specific kind of suit during one session, he will also purchase a similar style suit and wear it during the next session. This doesn’t always occur immediately, but it does happen eventually. I have also noticed (through our continuous sessions) that he displays this mechanism with others. This mechanism offers him a sense of belonging; nonetheless, he loses his own identity in order to conform to other people so as to feel accepted and trendy.
  • Repression – A very good friend of mine tends to have repressed thoughts. He is always quick to point the finger at his father, although I know for a fact that it was my friend who was mostly at fault due to his immaturity and impertinence. Whenever I inquire as to how/why he feels the way he does and why he bears such animosity toward his father, he insistently blames his father for everything that went wrong in his life – yet he cannot recall any exact actions that took place. An advantage of his repression is that he does not recall his immaturity and impertinence, which if he did have recollection, may cause him to feel demoralized. A disadvantage, however, is that he is unable to see where he went wrong, and as such, cannot repair the damage that was done.
  • Regression – Another patient of mine is constantly utilizing this mechanism. She displays a negative attitude in almost all environments she is in, and always feels as though she is being wronged. She has a negative attitude, and seems to not care if she is not well liked or not taken well by others. Regression has made her insensitive, which in a way, prevents her from being hurt due to the fact that she is always feeling mistreated and has considered it to be a norm. However, she has no friends, and is disliked by even her loved ones.
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As a result of the fact that I work in a field pertaining to mental and psychological conditions, I notice numerous defense mechanisms on a daily basis. They are as follows:

 

  • Denial – I deal with numerous patients suffer depression, and they continue to be in complete denial of it. I find that it is often-times the ones that feel as though they have no reason to be depressed that are usually the most depressed.  Some of my patients undergo short-term depression as a result of a