Category Archives: Defense Mechanisms

The most prominent psychological defense mechanisms, including repression, denial, idealization, splitting and projection. This is the category for you.

The Shame in Mental Illness

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My recent posts got me to thinking about the term mental illness and how stigma-laden it remains to this day. As a society, we’ve come a long way from the bad old days when most people were too ashamed to … Continue reading

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What Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder Have in Common

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Earlier this week while on an elliptical trainer at the gym, I watched a portion of The Doctors airing on the TV monitor above me, all about a 33-year-old man, Toby Sheldon, who has spent more than $100K for plastic … Continue reading

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Respecting Your Personal Limitations

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First of all, I’d like to thank those of you who visit the site often enough to have noted my absence this past month and written to me with concern. It has been a trying time, in part because of … Continue reading

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Self-Loathing

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About 30 years ago during analytic training, my good friend Tom Grant was describing a difficult case in seminar — a man in his mid-30s whom Tom had already been treating for quite some time. Tom’s client came from a … Continue reading

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Lying to Our Clients

During several recent sessions, one of my clients has been struggling to make an important decision in her life that’s causing her considerable anguish — whether or not to leave her husband. I don’t normally give advice in such cases, … Continue reading

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