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All people use defense mechanisms whether they be consciously or unconsciously Anxiety may arise from an intense situation or even past experience It is then the egos job to displace anxiety so as to protect the rest of the mind Through defense mechanisms such as sublimation repression fantasy compulsive fun-seeking and negativism the ego eliminates anxiety caused by surroundings which in effect tries to prevent insanity Fantasy is a device used to thwart reality It involved the imagination of a fantasy life for the individual to crawl into in essence to escape reality It is needed to be utilized by everyone in order to maintain sanity If the mind were exposed to the realities of live with all its anxieties at every minute and every second the person would become completely insane Fantasy raises self-esteem brings down anxiety and often involves the vision of a success-based life However if a person lives only in fantasy and never in reality they become essentially psychotic This person has no comprehension of reality and therefore cannot function in it Fantasy can only function sparingly allowing conscience control Repression is the most unconscious form of defense mechanism It takes harmful memories or experiences and places them in the unconscious This way the conscious does not have access to them and they cannot be remembered often if at all However the downfall is that if these images are resurfaced the person can be heavily damaged Reliving the experience or memories further increases the damage originally caused by them Ways to reach these memories include dream analysis free association and simply psychoanalysis Sublimation is the only truly positive defense mechanism It takes negative energy and utilizes it into something positive For example a person has a fetish with guns and is a violent person Through sublimation they will either join a police squad or work as a bouncer in a bad part of town In the end society benefits However
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