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Conversion Mechanisms

 

Explanations > Behaviors > Coping > Cognitive Mechanisms

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We cope with difficulties in various ways. One family of coping mechanisms acts to transform the difficulty in some way.

So what?

Conversion coping can be confusing as the real problem is hidden behind a different mask. The reasons and route of conversion is not always clear and some exploration can be needed to help understand what is going on.

When people are acting strangely, ask whether this is authentic or whether it is a problem being acted out in some different way.

See also

Adaptive mechanisms, Anger

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