Lives of the Unconscious. A Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 16: Denial, Splitting, Projection – The early defense mechanisms

July 3, 2021

The division head of a company has called an important meeting. All employees are present at the agreed upon time, except for the boss. Only once an employee calls him does he remember the meeting and arrives significantly late. He apologizes cursorily and begins the meeting. In the next few minutes, in front of the assembled team, he criticizes specific employees unusually harshly for their work performance and for their failures until they feel very small and humiliated. What is the function of the boss’ defense? And why is it called an early defense mechanism in psychoanalysis? More on this episode. Visit our website: Our youtube-channel: Support us on Patreon and get the scripts to the episodes: neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.