Laughter as a Coping Strategy

In these seasons and more broadly in general, incorporating humor as a coping strategy can bring some positive color back into daily life.

Imperfectly Fine

It is also essential that we tell ourselves that while we can always do our best, we are imperfectly fine.

Thermostats, Thermometers and the Window of Tolerance

In life, we have moments when we are either the thermometer or the thermostat, reacting to our surroundings or setting our temperature and responding how we’d like to. What this generally depends on is our window of tolerance.

Coping with Change

Change can be really hard to accept, especially when we don’t have any choice in the matter. Nothing in recent history has made that as clear as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few tips to make the change feel easier!

Rationalization is Unhealthy

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Over the past few months, I’ve written about a number of defense mechanisms and the important role they play in human interaction. Defense mechanisms reflect the mind’s brilliantly creative approach to protecting itself. While each of them can be effective in different situations, I freely admit that rationalization is my … Read More

Defense Mechanisms & Coping Skills – Regression – Part 3

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As I mentioned in previous blogs, defense mechanisms like denial, are unconscious responses to overwhelming stress in our lives. Although they serve an important purpose, if left unchecked, protective instincts from defense mechanisms can inhibit the development of healthier coping skills. Today, we are going to dive into the topic … Read More

Defense Mechanisms & Coping Skills – Denial – Part 2

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One of our most primitive defense mechanisms is denial. Mark Twain perfectly captured the essence of denial when he quipped, Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. In effect, denial is an effort to avoid the pain or discomfort of reality by pretending it doesn’t exist. It is the emotional … Read More

Defense Mechanisms and Coping Skills – Part 1

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Coping skills can take many forms and help us make sense of our experiences, mitigate stress, and sustain our sense of self-worth. Sometimes life can feel pretty overwhelming. Without these strategies for managing life’s stressors and sustaining a sense of emotional well-being, it would be difficult to navigate even the … Read More