Defense Mechanisms||Ideas for Drabbles and HeadcanonDefense Mechanisms: A mental process initiated, typically unconsciously to avoid conscious conflict or anxiety./ Defense mechanisms are natural. We all engage in them to deal with conflict. Why not write about it? You have creative license. This can be used to help your muse grow, and can be used to strengthen relationships. Be creative and have fun.
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Acting Out: The muse behaves and acts on unknown wishes and desires. This may lead to retrospective reflection, but the actions are not understood as they are taking place.
Denial: Your muse is forced to face conflict in their life, but instead, they refuse to accept it. They deny it adamantly, and they may or may eventually come to accept it.
Displacement: The muse is faced with conflict, but is unable to deal with the conflict or what brought it about directly, so they instead, take it out on others, especially those who the muse may view as less dangerous. (Intensity may vary.)
Distortion: The muse is faced with conflict and actively distorts or changes the way he perceives the world to come to terms with this. These changes may be extreme or minor, but they are always done in order to avoid coping with reality.
Fantasy: The muse retreats into a (real or mental) fantasy world to escape the stresses and conflicts in their life. The muse may have to acknowledge that they are attempting to escape, and eventually choose to face reality.
Idealization: The muse unconsciously decides to perceive another individual, or even a situation or idea as having more positive attributes then it actually has. The muse may also tone down or ignore negative attributes, and they may go to certain lengths to keep themselves from realizing that their idealizations are false.
Identification: When faced with conflict, the muse accepts it, and takes on characteristics brought about by this conflict, changing partially or wholly. Generally deals with individuals, and can be connected to identification with the aggressor.
Introjection: The muse finds something that he believes and accepts so strongly that they incorporate that belief into their personality, into behavior or character. This may or may not be contradictory.
Isolation: The muse is inclined to withdraw all emotions from events that trigger emotional response within them. This may result in a seemingly objective stance on certain topics, through emotional numbing. These emotions may come back to bite the muse. This is much like Thought Suppression, but only deals with emotions. Instead of not thinking upon his actions, the muse may spend much time analyzing things, without recognizing their emotions.
Projection: The muse is faced with his mistakes, problems, and other shortcomings, but instead of acknowledging these, the muse projects them on others. This includes, seeing negative behaviors reflected in others, which may also result in the denial of that behavior in the self.
Rationalization: The muse is disappointed or does not have his wishes or desires fulfilled. The muse then goes through a stage of rationalization, reasoning that explain away or excuse the event. (Making excuses) This may result in the muse going through and explaining to himself or others why things didn’t happen, dismissing it in the process.
Reaction Formation: The muse is faced with certain wishes or desires that he finds wrong or dangerous. Your muse, then takes on opposite behaviors and beliefs to repress those disagreeable wishes. The muse may see his actions reflect his hypocrisy or some other person may notice and call the muse out.
Regression: The muse takes on more childish behaviors, addressing problems in a less mature manner as a way of coping. The muse may become clingy, obstinate, or overly demanding when faced with problems.
Repression: The muse represses a memory and doesn’t remember anything that happened. This could be a repression of an event, feeling, or strong emotion, and while the muse is aware of their forgetfulness, they may not know why. The muse may uncover repressed memories or not.
Splitting: This can range from splitting of mental concepts, and the adoption of black and white thinking, or the splitting of the ego(self). The muse may start thinking in terms of good and evil, innocence versus corruption, etc. It may also be reflected in relation extremes (going from love to hate) and may appear as a splitting of personality. (Think BPD not DPD)
Somatization: Negative feelings towards others are channeled inward, instead effecting and changing the views of the self.
Sublimation: The muse transforms negative behaviors into positive behaviors, for example, turning greed into philanthropy. This is usually trading a socially unacceptable behavior for a behavior that is socially acceptable, though not necessarily the opposite of the original.
Thought Suppression: All thoughts are pushed aside, so emotions are ignored during this brief amount of time, to help the muse cope with whatever situation they are currently in. A healthy form of Isolation.
Undoing: The muse feels guilty for an unacceptable behavior, thought, or belief, and pursues a sort of atonement through reversing this, and acting in the reverse. This isn’t necessarily adopting a positive behavior to make up a negative behavior, but could happen in the reverse.
Withdrawal: The muse withdraws from problems as a defense. It involves physical, emotional, or mental retreat, under the fear of being reminded of painful thoughts, feelings, or memories.