I was reading about Defence mechanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "defence mechanisms are unconscious psychological strategies brought into play by various entities to cope with reality and to maintain self-image." Defense is spelled wrong, but interesting I thought. Then I got to this one Intellectualization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Intellectualization: A form of isolation; concentrating on the intellectual components of a situation so as to distance oneself from the associated anxiety-provoking emotions; separation of emotion from ideas; thinking about wishes in formal, affectively bland terms and not acting on them; avoiding unacceptable emotions by focusing on the intellectual aspects.
This is a Level 3 - Neurotic coping mechanism: Neurosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These mechanisms are considered neurotic, but fairly common in adults. Such defences have short-term advantages in coping, but can often cause long-term problems in relationships, work and in enjoying life when used as one's primary style of coping with the world.
It is below Level 4 - Mature:
These are commonly found among emotionally healthy adults and are considered mature, even though many have their origins in an immature stage of development. They have been adapted through the years in order to optimize success in life and relationships. The use of these defences enhances pleasure and feelings of control. These defences help us integrate conflicting emotions and thoughts, while still remaining effective. Those who use these mechanisms are usually considered virtuous.
So I was wondering, what do INTP's think about the intellectualization defense mechanism? I would also ask about this one - Rationalization (making excuses) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, but I am not trying to write a book on psychological defense mechanisms. I am trying to form an opinion. Or I am trying to intellectualize? I dunno anymore, who or what am I? *runs away crying*