Survival mechanisms

Have you ever found yourself reacting in a way that was not very rational, but rather emotional and automatic?

This is your survival mechanism getting activated. They come up when we are stressed and when we feel unsafe. They are meant to protect us and bring back feelings of safety and control. This is a more instinctive and automatic process induced by the more primal parts of our brain.

These mechanism are often build with conscious choice though at a young age. Maybe you remember saying to yourself as a child: ‘I am never sharing anything again’ or ‘I’m not gonna tell anyone about this’ or ‘No one loves me’. This process becomes more subconscious over time and becomes part of our personality in a way. In adulthood they can become very disfunctional, as they will repeat the same painful situations. We now have different options available to feel safe than when we were young.

Examples of survival mechanisms are: carrying too much responsibility, not wanting to fail, taking things very personal, closing yourself off, blaming others, being distrusting in others, wanting to do everything alone, avoiding new things, people or conflicts etc etc.

Only by bringing these survival mechanism to a conscious level you can change them by adjusting them to your current reality. It’s safe for you to feel safe now.

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