Lives of the Unconscious. A Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 17: Repression, Rationalization, Sublimation – The “mature” defense mechanisms.

July 16, 2021

Over the course of a therapeutic session, a depressed patient talks about his work colleagues with whom he is working on a group project for his studies. The patient says: "Yesterday we wanted to meet to discuss our project and everyone brought their work. As we were exchanging ideas, I noticed that everyone else was already much further along with their work than me. I have the feeling that they are all much faster in thinking and have more energy and…,” the patient takes a short break and then says: “Well, but that's just the way it is, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. There is nothing that can done about it..." What is the defense here? And is it really functional? We will hear more about these and other forms of so-called "mature" defense mechanisms in 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.