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Adaptive Mechanisms

 

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We cope with difficulties in various ways, many of them negative and uncomfortable as we try to repel or hide from uncomfortable feelings. Sometimes we manage to act in more positive and helpful ways. Here are some of these:

These are some of the more positive mechanisms or methods that can be used positively. In practice, a number of other coping methods work well enough without doing any harm.

So what?

Try to use some of these more positive methods rather than falling into the more destructive mechanisms. If you are helping others adapt, encourage them to use these rather than other defenses.

Remember that coping is not curing. It is an adaptation in any form. Eventually, the best approach is to address the underlying issue.

See also

Avoidance Mechanisms

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