RL: On the other hand, I know some very high IQ people who live their lives idiotically and make the stupidest decisions. But that’s not because they are stupid, that’s more because of personality issues, in particularly massive psychological defenses that get in the way of rational behavior.”
Onfr: Yeah, that’s right. I think I can see it on myself. On the other hand, I don’t think it has to do something with mental illness in my case. Just a psychological defense.
You need to get a handle on your defenses. We all use them every minute of every day, but at some point, they are doing more harm than good. It’s good to examine your defensive structures from time to time to see if the benefits you are getting from them in protecting you is outweighed by the damage they are doing to you in other ways. It would be like a modern man walking around in a suit of armor. This is what someone who has an unhealthy defensive structure is like. Sure that guy is pretty well protected, I would agree with that. But on the other hand, his mobility is seriously restricted and it will probably be hard to get much done with that damned suit on.