Saturday, February 2, 2013

Example of Denial Coping Mechanism- Anxiety Stress and Coping in Families

Coping mechanisms are used to overcome adversity and are used when people are coping with change. People also use coping mechanisms to offset a disadvantage or disability. People who receive a negative cancer diagnosis and are trying to figure out how to cope with cancer may choose unhealthy coping mechanisms. All people have different ways of coping, or dealing with stress and conflict in their lives.

Being in denial is one coping mechanism. Other coping mechanisms include trivializing, or making something small when it is really big, and attacking, or pushing discomfort onto others.

Being in denial is an avoidance mechanism. When we are in denial we avoid the issue completely. Being in denial is bad for us, since what we don’t acknowledge, can hurt us. 
When someone denies being ill, for example, delaying treatment increases the damage that disease can do to the body.

Coping Better Anytime Anywhere: The Handbook of Rational Self-Counseling

People use denial to explain away things they are uncomfortable with. When people are in denial, they don’t have to address feelings of guilt, immorality or foolishness that would arise if they faced the reality of the situation.

Healthy coping mechanisms utilize methods such as self-inquiry. When we use healthy coping mechanisms, we dig down to find the real cause of our difficulties and fix that.

When we use healthy coping mechanisms, we first have to be able to see where we might have been at fault, without punishing or blaming ourselves too much. With healthy coping mechanisms, we accept reality even when it is not appreciated.
Healthy coping mechanisms help us to better ourselves, and are healthy for us to carry out.

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