Defense mechanisms are a necessary part of living in the human experience. Without an ego, and if we didn't have to deal with other people's egos (and all of the variations in health and coping strategies) we wouldn't need defense mechanisms.
These strategies or coping techniques allow a person to retain a level of ego coherence so that they aren't completely shattered when something happens that is ego-dystonic (or uncomfortable). Our defense mechanisms can be mature, neurotic or immature. Conversely, we can have a set of mature/healthy defense strategies and a few that are more neurotic (or vice versa).Read More