Defense Mechanisms are unconscious strategies that people use to reduce anxiety by concealing the source from themselves and others. (Feldman, 2011) Defense Mechanism allow people to avoid stress by pretending the stress does not exist. Stress is a normal part of life and not necessarily a bad part. How do people deal with stress? I believe that how people deal with stress depends on many factors. Some of these factors include religion, a person’s personality and a person’s ability to cope. A person’s personality and a person’s religious beliefs play a huge role in determining how one deals with stress and how one uses defense mechanism. “Some people are born with a temperament that predisposes them to higher or lower levels of tolerance to stress”. (Boag, 2010) For example I consider myself with a strong personality that is able to deal with stress and know how to work around it. An example, this summer I’m working full-time and going to school full-time, I’m constantly under stress and my way of dealing with it is taking it day by day, patiently. People constantly ask me how I do it, and they tell me that they would not be able to do it. One’s religious beliefs can also help one deal with stressful situations. One example, when there is a death in our family I always hear “That’s the way god wanted it” I believe we use these words to help us cope with the pain of losing our loved one and trying to give an explanation of why we believe things happened even though we really do not know. Coping with stress as an effort to control, or learn to live with the factors that lead to stress. Humans have a “more direct and potentially more positive ways of coping with stress, which fall into two main categories”, (Feldman, 2011) emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping. In emotion focused coping people try to manage their emotions by changing the way they interpret the problem. In problem focused coping people try to change their...
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