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Discussion | So what?
We cope with difficulties in various ways. Some are more positive than
others. Here are various mechanisms that change how we behave.
- Acting out: not coping - giving in to the
pressure to misbehave.
- Aim Inhibition: lowering sights to what
seems more achievable.
- Altruism: Helping others to help self.
- Attack: trying to beat down that which is
- Avoidance: mentally or physically avoiding
something that causes distress.
- Compensation: making up for a weakness in
one area by gain strength in another.
- Crying: Tears of release and seeking comfort.
- Displacement: shifting of intended action
to a safer target.
- Identification: copying others to take on
- Reaction Formation: avoiding
something by taking a polar opposite position.
- Regression: returning to a child state to
- Undoing: actions that psychologically 'undo'
wrongdoings for the wrongdoer.
Behavior is easy to see and hence is a strong signal that you can read in
others and that they can read in you.
When people act in certain ways that seem strange to you or seem to be
directed against you, pause to think. These are often coping mechanisms and are
not about you.