Defense mechanisms are tools we use to protect ourselves from external or internal impulses that may be inappropriate. The defense mechanisms can be categorized as complex and primary…meaning some defense mechanisms are higher functioning than others.
There are 5 character types and resulting roles that are more likely to display a cluster of the listed defenses. Early in life we may have strong feelings of grief, shame, etc. feelings that we deem inappropriate for one reason or another. If our caretaker/parent does not respond well in childhood primary defenses are used, overtime the defenses may harden to character roles. These characters use further defenses, complex defenses to block feelings thus forming blocked types.
The following charts the primary and complex defenses of these blocked character types. The types are listed by character role and common issues that may bring them into treatment.