What Type Of Defense Are You?

Friday, April 05, 2013 JS Hanniffy 17 Comments


Defensive is attitude that usually given by someone to cope him/herself for at least their security. The attitude has been studied in psychoanalysis for many decades, or well-know in terms Psychoanalysis as defense mechanism. It was first coined by Freud and then developed by his daughter, Anna, that defense appears to cope anxious that caused by the ego.

Psychoanalysis itself defines defense mechanism is a phenomenon activity which often occurs without consciousness. In some circumstances  being defensive is sometimes hard to avoid, but it’s normal. However, although it’s believed to be normal, excessive defensive can lead to such as ‘abnormal’ attitude.



The terms of defense mechanisms in which cited by Freud and Anna is constitute one of the most fascinating distributions in the psychoanalysis field. There are more than ten types of defense mechanisms from theirs terms, but below are the most well-known types of defense people:

1. Intellectual People

Nowdays intellectualization is no longer only about those who posses IQ above avarage, higher education, or posses qualification in one or more fields, nor those who can argue so smartly or confidently. In fact, it’s simpler than that: a positive self response in a situation is more important than those mention above.

For example, a person who has been diagnosed with an illness and he/she responses its diagnosis by learning about its illness, trying to survive by living healthier, and instead of surrendering or hopeless, this attitude responses now known as type of intellectualism defense mechanism. It sounds similar with emotional intelligence: its how we asses our emotion in a situation.

2. Denial
Denial is when people who have consistent problem but denying their actual condition, such as drinking or drug problems. It’s totally different from somebody who likes to get attention by foul him/herself act in a ‘drama’.

3. Displacement

This type defense mechanisms is every so often occurs in everyday of life. When we face a bad situation, like angry with our boss or with our partner, we unconsciously consciously to give free reign to somebody’s else — this is called a type displacement of defense mechanisms.
When the last time did you wreak your angry to somebody’s else? Just remember, that you’re just about to displace your anger.

4. Avoidance

Avoidance attitude appears when we dislike with something, and then we try to avoid anything that related with its object. For example, when we dislike with a social life style, we avoid not to join any community society, visiting family, gathering with friends, etc.

5. Sublimation

This type is believed by Freud as a sign of maturity. It’s just the opposite of displacement types, able to assess our emotion by distibute it to something more useful, like going to exercise.

6. Reality anxiety

Presumably, you’re afraid of snake. You go walk on the beach and see a sea snake near you, and you run away from it as fast as possible. This defense mechanism type is cited by Freud as reality anxiety.

7. Compensation

Do you know anyone who do their job to realize their aspiration comes true? For example, someone who can’t make his/her dream come true to be a famous singer might going to be a lecture at singing class — this is a type of compensation defense mechanism.

Those types of defense mechanisms if it’s used accordingly its measure, then nothing need to be worried about. As we often heard people say: “Nobody is perfect” — we sometimes unable to against the human natures, unlike computer or software where we can analyse exactly according to its formula.

DBLN, 21.24-170611

17 comments:

  1. Ratu de blog emang narsis abizzzz....:-)
    trus dia emang penuh persahabatan....
    mantab dah ratu de blog.....

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  2. keknya mbak sya nggak suka ngambek kok jeng.....heheheheheehe...
    moga bisa bertemu di dunia nyata ya jeng....amiiin

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  3. you know what? you're too much... :D because you made me blushing..xixixix....
    1st of all... i'm speechless. SPEECH-LESS. xixixi...

    But, i do appreciate and want to say thanks for this great posting. Not because you've flattered me too high till the 7th sky *even i do love it, since you mention all of my positive things..xixixi* but just because you're happy receiving mine. THANKS A BUNCH. it's more than enough seeing somebody happy.

    Btw, I'm going to post about my hunting batik story this evening, but once i read your update *this posting* appeared on my blogwalking... i'm so curious...xixixi so i read it and you made me speechless...
    *pls do not ask how com i'm speechless but i write such a long comment* xixixixi

    anyway, if you dont mind, i'd love to comment this posting, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph. Yeah... just name it like zulhaq's comments on mine.. xixixi...

    thanks before. it's nice to have a nice friend like you :)

    ready ? *should i reply & review this comment by english? is it ok if reply it with our mother tongue?!* xixixi... since both of us are not good on it...xixixi

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  4. part 1 :
    Huahahaha... it's not true!!! i didnt request that you should publish them... i just requested a card which had confidential issue shouldn't be showed to others.. hihihi.. you know what i mean, right? huahahah.... o my God, i owe you a story and an e-mail about it, right? Will mail you soon after all of my so-busy-stuffs finished.

    really? you're scream? o m g... you didnt told me that... hm.. you didnt give your complete report once you received the package :( :p. Really? did i requested such a narc request? how come i can forget?!

    15 years.. yeah.. same as me, i never received any cards since then :(. Not because the technology *since the great technology was still telephone* but because of the delivery charge was quite expensive. And Internet had not touched indonesia :p

    missing those thing is embarrasing? A BIG NO! it's just like missing a type of attention, but in a form of greeting card. dont feel that you're weird because of missing it :)

    Yes, of course i was happy to send you cards. Additionally, you're agree that i was free to do anything on those cards. I did enjoyed to beautify them. Huahaha... i was alive when i had media to express what i want. i was free to colorize & play with colors, to write some sentences which are so original made by me. Iyey...! i dont know what i should say once you said that you like them all ^^. i'm so happy :)

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  5. part 2 :
    huahaha... i was thinking, you're missing to receive greeting card, so why didnt i send you more than one? i thought that the courier charge wouldnt be so much different. Then i sent you more than 1. Maybe if he didnt ask me to send him, all 10 cards would be yours... huahaha...
    *just kidding*

    generous? hohoho... like i said before... you're too much darling.
    Huahaha... i do love sending card or manual handwriting mail. just let me know your special moment that you can be shared with me & whether you wish me to send you another one or ones..xixixi

    huahahaha... you put my pic here. xixixi... it's not my request :p.
    Yeah, about us... sometimes i wondered how come we become so close since we've never met? frankly, i dont care about it. i just love to make friends with anyone who i feel comfort. and i do find this comfort on you. once again, how come? let God only knows huahahaha...
    maybe just because we come from the same tribe? xixixixi...

    hm... how we're connected? i thought because of IS' & pak Iwan's blogs. Yeah.. i remembered that you left comments such a chatting archive on IS'. Sometimes named as jengsri, sometimes named as hannimu. huahahah...

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  6. selamat ya jeung...kita sama sama dapat kartu dari jeung ratu. suasana lebaran jadi lebih berasa!!! kartunya unik2 lagi. senengnya...

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  7. PART 3 :
    huahahaha... quite? so so so not me! i'm so fussy & talkactive. you know me by writing? hm... you havent told me about it.
    beautiful hijab and well-mixmatched is our nature habit, aren't we? xixixi.
    Having a opportunities to meet bloggers as persons, such great experiences made me realizing that our life such a colorful thing.

    hihihi... such a narsistic welcome message? i just tell visitors the truth :p and of course i should keep promoting mine to the world (of single-available-and-looking man).. huahahahah... just kidding. I just want my blogger-friends know me and vice versa :).

    Mad? Absolutely right.. huahahahah...
    actually, it's okay for me being
    reviewed.. *and just say : CRAPPP!!!* xixixi :p.

    really? never met woman like me? hohoho.. you should come back to Indo soon and see how many Indonesian woman like me. It's ordinary, sis :)

    i do love complain. Heeyyy dont getting angry if i complained you..xixixi since complaint makes perfect, right * hm.. i change the "PRACTICE" to be COMPLAINTS*

    smartness? huahahaha... am i? xixixi... no no no.. you're too much. i'm just me, one of an ordinary Indonesian woman :p. more indonesian women are well. i meant it :p.

    she's real? what?? do you think i'm mannequin? xiixixi...

    yeah... eastern people are friendly that one thing differs east & west culture :).

    not to give many information about their life.
    hohoho.. it can't be happened to me, since all of my postings are about my silly-daily-life. just imagine if i was one of them. Poor my blogs, nothing will be published on them :(. xixiix
    yeah... everything has positive & negative sides :).

    i'm rock? i'm quinie!!! kidding..xixixi.

    yeah, i remembered about the new-cut-hair announcement arrived on my office mail. hihihi.. such a brave decision to cut it without asking her hubby permission. jeng, next time you should inform him first, except he will recognize you as somebody else. huahahaha

    epilog :
    thanks a bunch for great, long, awesome review & posting about me. it's nice to have bestfriend who has same tribe & point of view *in some cases*.
    hope it will last forever. Wishing you all the best. Thanks for all kindness for understanding & giving bunch of advice.
    love you, sis.

    regards, quinie

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  8. My pleasure, Ratu ;). My review is nothing to do with the cards, but indeed you are a very nice woman ;).

    Which one do you think that we both are not really good at something, is it in English or Bahasa? *don't bother if it so, anyway* You are allowed to reply it in Bahasa or English, it does not really matter to me ;). I merely want to encourage Indonesian people to write in English more often in propose expanding eagerly the nature of Indonesia.

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  9. Ratu,

    When I say "You're rock", it's kind of an English Idiom, it's similiar with "You're awesome" ;).

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  10. A very great review about a very great person :)

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  11. i'm rock = i'm awesome?!
    i do know it :). that's why i said : KIDDING. again, you made me blushing...xixixixi..

    anyway, thanks for explanation. hope it will be useful for others :p

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  12. wewww, jeung ratu borong komen hi hi hi

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  13. Astaga... mbak Quinie komennya detil banget ya..? wkkkk....
    Sejauh yang aku tahu lewat tulisannya, mbak Quinie sptnya emang 'rame' dan frindly...

    For Jeng Sri.., seneng ya dapat kartu lebaran lagi ? Emang kita sptnya udah 'lupa' ya dg keberadaan kartu lebaran.... ^_^

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  14. wow.. saya juga diripiuw donk..
    *dijitak jengSri* :))

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  15. Quinnniiieee......, sayang males banget mampir dirumah aku.

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  16. thanks for your review.... *moga2benernulisdangeammarnya*

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  17. Jeng, kalau review saya, jangan pake bahasa Inggris yah? wekekekeke.... *GR*

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