Psychology in Writing: Immature Defense Mechanisms – Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt

English: post card with message about acting d...

English: post card with message about acting differently to avoid rejection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Just take this as a warning. Know that there’s always a price for not being yourself.”  Brenda Little in “Acting Out”

Since it’s my prompt, I’m picking a defense mechanism this week, acting out.  Write about why your character might act out.  What is s/he acting out against?  Who is the character’s external struggle with (who is s/he acting out against) and how is s/he dealing with acting out (how is the character responding to overriding her/his moral compass/super ego)?  Where does your character find her/his middle, where s/he is at peace with external forces while able to be true to her/his self?

 

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