Defense Mechanisms can get a bad rap. But, we all use them. In fact, we need them to hold ourselves together. They hide in the dark of our unconscious, carrying out their protective duties. It’s only when they are illuminated that we can see the function they serve and better understand our relationship to psychological pain.
Let’s hold a candle to our most trusty defenses— whether with us since childhood or emergent in times of deep stress, they are here now and will burn out when they are ready.
We have developed this collection as an invitation for people to use this everyday item and their experience of it to begin understanding a psychoanalytic process while also demystifying mental health. Together, we are #MakingScentsofMentalHealth & supporting non-profit Mental Health organizations. This giving Tuesday, a portion of each candle sold will go to Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA) where therapy can be obtained low costs.
These candles are part of new release into our collection, Making Scents of Mental Health, conceptualized and developed by Flores Lane and by WILA’s second year clinicians who are members of the Therapeutic Identity and Professional Development Track co-facilitated by Drs. Aimee Martinez and Eva Patrick.
We will be exploring the following: Definitions from Psychoanalytic Terms & Concepts (Elizabeth Auchincloss & Eslee Samberg)
Splitting is a process by which a part of the experiencing mind is separated into two or more parts.
Denial, sometimes called Disavowal, is a defense mechanism by which an individual repudiates some or all aspects of a given reality, thereby diminishing or avoiding the painful affects associated with that reality.
Projection is a defensive operation whereby an individual attributes an unacceptable or intolerable idea, impulse, or feeling to another person.
Intellectualization is a defensive process whereby intellectual activity is used to control and ward off unacceptable or intolerable impulses, thoughts, and feelings.
Sublimation is a defensive process that redirects un- acceptable impulses toward socially acceptable aims.