Here are some other examples of defense mechanisms; while they focus on addictions from Twerski's book, you can see how the techniques could apply to other life situations:
Rationalizing: "My entire shift stops in for drinks after work. We deserve a few cold ones."
Intellectualizing: "Two ounces of alcohol per day is recommended by health experts."
Blaming: "I smoke pot because I'm stuck in a boring job all day with a stupid boss."
Switching: "Joe drives all the time when he's drunk. I'm glad I'm not that bad."
Minimizing: "I only get high at parties."
Joking: "I can stop drinking anytime I want. In fact, I stop at least once a week."
Agreeing: "Yes, I think you're right. I should cut down on my drinking."
Projecting: "Next year I'll be out of this dump -- and things will be different."
Threatening: "I'd like to see you try to make me stop drinking beer with my friends."
Generalizing: "We all have a bad habit or two."
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications company specializing in advertising, public relations, government relations and interactive marketing. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.