Two Articles on the Mind and Defense Mechanisms and Coping Method

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Of all the human body parts, the mind is the one that serves multiple roles. It is the part that allows humans to turn their knowledge and intelligence into useful inventions. Indeed, it is what makes humans more superior than animals. The human mind is a miraculous tool; it can store memories, protect humans from their traumatic experiences, and allow imagination to roam freely. When a person encounters a traumatic experience, the mind can automatically pull tricks to help him cope with the trauma. If one wishes to escape, one can always rely on the human mind to provide ways to diminish the pain. In Martha Stout’s article, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday,” she explains the dissociative state that all humans go through.…show more content…
A sighted person fails to acknowledge his or her lack of perception until he or she becomes blind. Although defense mechanisms allow people to feel better by dissociating or by heightening other senses for the blind, they have their painful downsides.
No matter what the situation that people find themselves in, some sort of coping mechanism kicks in. In Martha Stout’s essay, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday,” she introduces one of her patients by the name of Julia. Julia was an intelligent award winning producer of documentary films who had a great life that she knew of, but could not figure out why she had so many attempts at suicide. After a great deal of sessions with Dr. Stout, it was uncovered that Julia had an abusive childhood; one that she hardly remembered. After digging deep into Julia’s past, Stout summarizes her dissociative episodes. Stout writes, “A sad little girl named Julia was helpless and could not escape; but psychologically, Julia’s self could go ‘somewhere else,’ could be psychologically absent...because herself had not been there, herself could not remember what had happened to her during much of the childhood” (Stout 662). After continuous abuse Julia’s coping mechanism allowed her to transport her mind to a different place in which she felt no pain but this absence caused Julia to not only miss out on the abuse, but to also miss out on her life. Coping mechanisms like Julia’s
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