Defenses People Use Against Depression, with a Note on Narcissism

Defenses work best when they are relatively unconscious. The more conscious a defense is, the less well it works.

That’s why people get upset when you talk psychology. “Enough psychobabble!” These are usually extroverted Normies, usually men who are not too young. They are dealing with life by simply refusing to look inside of themselves and denying everything that is unpleasant down there. When you even mention the word psychology, you remind them of how fake their happiness and adjustment is and how it’s all based on mass forgetting and refusing to look at a whole lot of things inside of themselves. You remind them that there’s a creepy closet in their psyche full of all sorts of scary monsters who they are too scared to even look at, hence they are acting like scared little 7 year old boys.

A lot of people also think “depression is evil.” They think people choose to be miserable and by choosing this, they are making an immoral choice. They are sort of like criminals. They’re bad people! That’s a Hell of a way to feel about depressed people like that, but it’s not uncommon. Usually seen in a professional person of either sex aged ~30-40.

After 40, you’ve seen so much depression and probably experienced enough of your own that it’s hard to call depressed people evil anymore. It hits too close to home. Also, by 40, almost everyone has had about a million bad things happen to them, and most people simply don’t think that their shit doesn’t stink anymore. There is a humility that comes with middle age, even to the most arrogant people. The weight of time and life humbles us all.

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3 thoughts on “Defenses People Use Against Depression, with a Note on Narcissism”

  1. I know it is off topic, but:

    Since I read this article (it is below) on a conservative christian blog on July 2016, I have been wanting to respond. I am offended by some of his statements, and I believe some of his points of view are weak.

    Would like your insights on the overall essay as well as his views regarding the paragraphs about income inequality, the poor will always be with you, healthcare, and education equality. I am not a Bible scholar. I would like your commentary on the verse he uses about income inequality: Matthew 20: 1-15, about this verse: II Thessalonians 3:19 (KJV):

    that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

    Moreover, I would like your commentary and rebuttal to the healthcare and education equality paragraphs.

    Regarding his statements:

    No, the Bible does not require that we offer free healthcare to anyone any more than it requires us to guarantee free food and shelter to all.

    He says the Bible doesn’t offer free healthcare, but the bible also doesn’t say anything how government will provide public infrastructure and defense. His attitude about health care is very troubling. I wonder if he would oppose, for example, that the Brazilian government, instead of spending billions on stadiums and other facilities that will go unused for the Olympics and World Cup, instead built housing and better public infrastructure instead? I doubt it.

    While I agree with his sentiment that there is too much emphasis on going to college, I wonder if he supports government run vo-tech schools? I generally agree that feminism is bad and has hurt the relationships between men and woman.

    The American Idol of Equality

    1. Yeah I’m not sure. My brother got dx’d with Manic Depression in 1981. Sometime between then and now it went over to Bipolar Disorder.

      Maybe with DSM-III. I will have to check. DSM-III was a breakthrough in so many ways. It threw many cases of what used to be called schizophrenia over to Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression. This caused a huge controversy because people thought that anything that looked like schizophrenia was schizophrenia. However, if the psychotic symptoms only occurred during a major mood episode and not otherwise, then it went over to mood disorder, no matter how psychotic they were.

      The older clinicians had gotten used to diagnosing schizophrenia all over the place and they were angry that their world was shaken up. But clinically and scientifically speaking, this was as correct move. Upside was the rate of schizophrenia crashed and the rate of mood disorders went up.

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