Psychology in Writing: Neurotic Defense Mechanisms – Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt

Sigmund Freud diskutiert am 18. Juli 1929 mit ...

Sigmund Freud diskutiert am 18. Juli 1929 mit Gustav Klimt im Café Landtmann den Gegensatz zwischen Eros und Todestrieb, Kultur und Triebregung (Photo credit: Christiaan Tonnis)

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”  –Sigmund Freud

Think about how your protagonist protects her/himself?  How does s/he react when a situation is too overwhelming?  Does s/he withdraw? Distance her/himself from the situation?  Take it out on someone else?  Repress her/his feelings? What are the consequences of using a defense mechanism to cope with a situation?  How does it impact the protagonist?  How do others around her/him react?  And what is the protagonist’s response to the reactions of others?  Does s/he use the defense mechanism more?  Use a different one?  Or acknowledge it?

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