Revealing Defense Mechanisms
Unfortunately, many clients aren’t able to recognize that their patterns of behavior aren’t new. Through this form of therapy, it is easier to identify the start of it all, which can provide insight into the origins of the behaviors and how to end them once and for all.
Psychodynamic therapy can be an effective way of revealing a person’s defense mechanisms. Defense mechanisms are thoughts, behaviors, or actions that allow clients to keep painful or difficult memories locked away. Sometimes, clients do this subconsciously. That means even the clients don’t realize that they are displaying defense mechanisms in the first place, making them that much harder to break down.
One common defense mechanism is denial. Women may sometimes argue that they don’t have an eating disorder and that they are the victims of overzealous worriers. Another common defense mechanism is rationalization. Women might say that because of something that happened in the past, their current behavior is logical.
Once you identify these defense mechanisms, they become less effective. This means that it is easier to confront the true issue, rather than hiding behind your defenses.