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This starts a four part series on the way Buffalo fans, and Sports fans in general, cope with the ups, downs, and curveballs that inevitably come with the territory of making sports a priority in your life.
Part one addresses, appropriately, the “Level 1 Defence Mechanisms.”
There are three DMs at this level, which educationally speaking are almost always severely pathological. These three defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external reality and eliminate the need to cope with reality.
These are the DMs that cause non-sports fans tho view us sports fans as “crazy” or “insane.” In other words, these are the “psychotic” defences. While they are considered healthy mechanisms when occuring in dreams or childhood, I think most would agree that, when employed in an alert state, “nightmare” is probably the more accurate term. These defences include:
Definition: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn’t exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.
Example: The Bills would have lost Superbowl XXV anyways.
Definition: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs.
Example: Dick Jauron isn’t that bad of a coach.
3. Delusional Projection
Definition: Grossly frank delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature.
Example: The plain and simple truth is, the Refs are out to get us
Stay tuned for Parts 2-4 in the coming week.
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