SEASON II: Episode 1: Vices, coping & beyond

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

WELCOME BACK!!!!! Can you believe we made it to season 2? So much has changed within ourselves. This season, we're bringing a Black fact and new music to all new episodes!

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Our first episode of season 2 is called "Vices, coping & beyond". We define some terms like vices, addictions, what it means to cope, and some coping mechanisms as well as going over some strategies.

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In the episode we mention a list of coping mechanisms:


Adaptive Mechanisms Mechanisms in these groups are positive mechanisms that help people effectively deal with their stress

Attack Mechanisms - aka projection These mechanisms attempt to displace the stress or discomfort a person is feeling onto another person or people

Avoidance Mechanisms As the name implies, these mechanisms involve avoiding the issues that are causing stress

Behavioral Mechanisms Behavioral coping mechanisms are attempts to change what the person does in order to more effectively deal with their stress

Cognitive Mechanisms Unlike behavioral mechanisms, cognitive mechanisms involve a person trying to change the way he or she thinks in order to deal with stress

Conversion Mechanisms These coping mechanisms are attempts to change or transform the problem into something else (e.g., focusing on the positive to make it a positive situation instead of a stressful one)

Defense Mechanisms

A mental process (e.g., repression or projection) initiated, typically unconsciously, to avoid conscious conflict or anxiety

Self-Harm Mechanisms These are the least effective of coping mechanisms, as they result in harm to ourselves (Changing Moods, n.d.).

Unhealthy Coping Styles - (Mentioned in the podcast):


  • Acting out – not coping, but giving in to pressure to misbehave (especially in children)

  • Avoidance – mentally or physically avoiding potential sources of stress

  • Denial – refusing to acknowledge the problem

  • Displacement – shifting of intended action to a safer target

  • Dissociation – separating oneself from parts of your life

  • Distancing – moving away from the problem

  • Emotionality – outbursts and extreme emotion

  • Fantasy – escaping reality into a world of possibility

  • Help-Rejecting Complaining – asking for help but rejecting it

  • Idealization – playing up the good points and ignoring limitations of things desired

  • Intellectualization – avoiding emotion by focusing on facts and logic (can be destructive if emotions are completely ignored)

  • Passive Aggression – avoiding refusal by passive avoidance

  • Performing Rituals – patterns that delay dealing with the real problem

  • Projection – seeing your own unwanted feelings or characteristics in others

  • Provocation – getting others to react so you can retaliate

  • Rationalization – creating logical reasons for bad behavior

  • Regression – returning to a child state to avoid problems

  • Repression – subconsciously hiding uncomfortable thoughts

  • Self-harming – intentionally physically damaging the body

  • Somatization – psychological problems turned into physical symptoms

  • Trivializing – making small what is really something big

Positive Coping Styles - (Mentioned in the podcast):


  • Adaptation – the human ability to adapt to different situations

  • Aim Inhibition – lowering one’s sights to what seems more achievable

  • Altruism – helping others to help the self

  • Compartmentalization – separating conflicting thoughts into separated compartments

  • Compensation – making up for a weakness in one area by gaining strength in another

  • Conversion – subconscious conversion of stress into physical symptoms

  • Crying – tears of release and seeking comfort

  • Identification – copying others to take on their characteristics

  • Post-Traumatic Growth – using the energy of trauma for good

  • Sublimation – channeling psychic energy into acceptable activities

  • Substitution – replacing one thing for another

Listen in for further info on distinguishing between addictions and hobbies, pinpointing whether you have an addiction or not, explanations on addictive personalities, and more.

This weeks self-work (homework) assignment:

Consider your vices. What do you turn to when you’re out of balance? Are there any consequences to what you indulge? Dissect your vices and consider any possible addictions. Just make yourself more aware of your own patterns.

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