Defense Mechanisms

A Case For Defense Mechanisms Defense Mechanisms are our inbuilt anxiety management system. Denial, projection, repression, intellectualization, shield us from anxiety and protect our self-esteem.  Imagine your most embarrassing memories were playing in our head 24/7. Imagine you were constantly aware of the fact that everyone you love is going…

Object Relations Theory

How do our early experiences shape our perception, behaviour, and emotions? What is the link between our early relationships and relationships later in life? How does the way our parents treated us impact how we treat ourselves and others later on? These were the questions object relations theorists tried to…

Do Things For Their Own Sake

“Whether it’s business, exercise, romance, friendship, whatever, I think the meaning of life is to do things for their own sake. Ironically, when you do things for their own sake, you create your best work. Even if you’re just trying to make money, you will actually be the most successful.”…

Freud’s Personality Theory

In this article, we’ll dive into Freud’s personality theory: ① 👉 affect-trauma model ② 👉 topographical model with conscious, preconscious, and unconscious contents of the psyche ③ 👉 structural model with the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego structure. I want to show you why Freud’s personality theory was so revolutionary. And…

Introduction to Alfred Adler

When Alfred Adler Broke With Sigmund Freud Alfred Adler (1870-1937) was next to Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung one of the three great psychodynamic thinkers of the last century. He was Sigmund Freud’s prodigy and supposed to be the heir of his psychoanalytic tradition that would then continue and…