Check Your Strongest Defense Mechanism Based On Your Zodiac Sign
Because of our human nature, naturally, we are opposed to stress, tension, negativity, and pressure. Since the earliest age, we start building the defensive systems that are supposed to protect us from the negative social reality and discomfort of the outside world.
However, the human mind can be a pretty messy place. Sometimes, while we are developing our defensive mechanisms we shift through social patterns on different levels and different kind. During this period we face the development of our personality, but on a subconscious level we hold the ‘archaic’ defensive mechanisms.
In this article we share the defensive mechanisms of each zodiac sign, both for a male and a female person:
ARIES MEN: COUNTERPHOBIC ACTION
Aries man are very impulsive, so is their defensive mechanism. For them, there is no place for making mistakes, their defensive mechanism is to act fast and impulsive, so often they make big mistakes. However, their alertness and strong spirit really keeps them protected in all social confrontations.
ARIES WOMEN: IMPULSIVE ACTION
Aries women may be stressed or doubtful about taking action, but when they are cornered or facing a serious issue, they show impulsive action. They are fast, powerful and passionate, often without even thinking about the consequences.
TAURUS MEN: DENIAL
There is no sign in the Zodiac that uses denial on that level of development, with that much experience and stubbornness. Yes, Taurus uses denial instrumentally and this is how they often face their problems, they refuse to face them at all!
TAURUS WOMEN: DISPLACEMENT
The taurus women use kind of a different, but a similar method. They displace their emotions and they do that with their behavior too- they will burst out of anger at someone that has nothing to do with the issue in the first place instead of solving the problem with the important person that caused the anger.
GEMINI MEN: GARRULOUSNESS
Gemini love to talk, be social, and beloved by the crowd. When things get personal or stressful, a Gemini man will chatter away at often unrelated, superfluous topics to keep the focus away from their personal problems or insecurities.This prattle is easily spotted and appears nervous, but as long as the conversation stays away from his personal life, a Gemini man doesn’t care.
GEMINI WOMEN: REACTION FORMATION
This coping mechanism means to act completely opposite of an urge. Gemini is, after all, known to be rather two-faced (that being the trademark of the sign).
CANCER MEN: INTROJECTION
Introjection is when a person takes ideas or qualities from the world around them and changes themselves to match. This is almost always subconscious.Cancer men do this most commonly, as they are sensitive individuals and find it easier to emulate someone else than deal with their own problems.
CANCER WOMEN: UNDOING
Cancer women are like Cancer men in their sensitivity, and when one of these women does something they feel is wrong, they habitually try to make things better by doing something good to reverse their mistakes. In their mind, it’s a way to atone.
LEO MEN: COMPENSATION
Leo men are strong but have highly inflated egos, and they deflate easily. When a Leo Man is bothered by weakness or fear, he attempts to compensate by focusing on his strengths and building those positive qualities up.This draws attention away from the weakness, and can often include excessive boasting to hide insecurity. If you’re aware of it an handle it properly, compensation can be a positive defense mechanism.
LEO WOMEN: SUBLIMATION
As fire signs, all Leos are passionate and have strong emotions. Leo women deal with their often very powerful stressors in one of the most positive ways, known as sublimation. This allows people to act on unacceptable urges by doing something productive, such as using an outlet like art or a martial art instead of resorting to violence when angry.
VIRGO MEN: INTELLECTUALIZATION
Honestly, Virgo is definitely not among the emotive and intense zodiac signs. However, when it comes to the intellectual capacities, rationalism and pragmatism- Virgos are the best. That’s how they build their defensive mechanisms- they use their intellectual capabilities- they often use sarcasm as a tool. This makes them push people away from them and it’s one of the reasons for isolation of Virgos.
VIRGO WOMEN: PASSIVE AGGRESSION
Virgo women truly value labor and they are hardworking, organized and bright. However, when it comes to their emotional side, they are passive-aggressive. They won’t express their emotion, but their actions will speak louder than words.
LIBRA MEN: RATIONALIZATION
Libra men tend to observe the things from quite a realistic perspective. That’s how they cope with distress, but their sensitive nature makes them avoid the consequences and isolate inside their own shells of ignorance and fear. This prevents them to use their logic and courage to deal with the issue.
LIBRA WOMEN: ALTRUISM
This is definitely one of the most positive defensive mechanisms and plays a great deal in the life of every libra woman. This enables them to focus on the real issue and find positive energy from their environment and the people they love.
SAGITTARIUS MEN: HUMOR
Humor is the strongest weapon of this zodiac sign. It is a positive way to deal with stress- by spreading positive vibrations. However, this is not good for their reputation because it seems that they are not able to cope with the seriousness of a certain critical situation. People don’t really want to rely on them during hard times.
SAGITTARIUS WOMEN: AIM INHIBITION
Sagittarius women tend to dwell on problems for so long and store everything inside. The best part about them is their ability to stay optimistic no matter what happens. They adapt very well and don’t give up by any mean.
CAPRICORN MEN: PROJECTION
Projection is when you project your negative qualities onto someone else and criticize them for it, rather than looking inwards and dealing with self-critique. Capricorn men are sensitive and have large egos, so they are bad at critiquing themselves without getting hurt.
CAPRICORN WOMEN: COMPARTMENTALIZATION
Capricorn women, like all Capricorns, are hard workers and prefer efficiency. These women compartmentalize the contradictory parts of themselves to keep them separate so they can accomplish their goals without conflict.
AQUARIUS MEN: IDENTIFICATION
Yes, they are special and unique, but insecurity is their middle name. Because of this, they tend to act like other people while stressed. They are unable to identify themselves with this kind of situations, so they play a role to defend their dignity and protect their position.
AQUARIUS WOMEN: FANTASY
Aquarius women are drawn to fantasy, so they will use their fantasy and imagination to get out even of the most complicated and unpleasant social situations. They have no problem to create a whole new scenario to protect themselves- this is their defense mechanism.
PISCES MEN: TEMPORAL REGRESSION
Pisces is the most sensitive zodiac sign, so you shouldn’t be surprised to see a temporal regression here. Temporal Regression is when a person focuses on an earlier time period in life and changes their behavior to match this time period; childhood is the most common example. This is mostly used to avoid problems, as Pisces hates conflict.
PISCES WOMEN: AFFILIATION
Pisces women, just like the men, won’t ever involve themselves in a conflict situation. They use comfort and positivity to influence others and calm the situation. They are always rational and grounded, so this probably is the most mature and effective defense mechanism.