Reaction Formation: The client behaves in an opposite way to the way he really feels. A frightened client may appear to be overly brave and unconcerned about his diagnosis. This is a cooping mechanism people use to deal with stressful situations.
Bargaining: The client tries to bargain with fate, or his supreme figure, to change his current situation. They may say, “God, I will change my ways if you just let me live through this disease.” This is more common among clients with religious beliefs.
Bargaining is a cooping mechanism for stressful situations, but it’s also one of the 5 stages of Grief.
Yanking her messy hair into a bun, Neptune focused on cleaning the dorm once again. It was a drone like thing for her to do, as she would lose herself in the work. It gave her something to do when they weren’t in class nor training. It was her cooping mechanism for the loss her her partner and the team’s leader.
Losing herself in tasks was how she dealt with the constant pain of knowing that her lover had disappeared when he was only seventeen… it was still hard for her to grasp that it had been five years at this point, now twenty-two and in their last year of school she, along with Scarlet and Sage, had refused a new leader and merely converged and managed their broken team together.
It was too bad that they guys were out at the moment, so when she heard a knock at the door, she stiffened before walking over and opening it.
She covered her mouth to prevent herself from screaming.
There was no doubt in her mind that the male before her wasn’t Sun. It had to be. That messy brown mop did nothing to hide his features, not to her anyone, and his eyes were still the expressive ones she knew all too well.
“S…Sun?” she whispered through her hands, letting them fall to her sides as tears formed in her eyes. “It can’t be… y-you’re… here? You’re…?”
Repression: The client hides his true feelings, even from himself. An example would be a husband who appears unconcerned about his wife’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Also, people tend to repress traumatic memories, like a difficult childhood. This is a cooping mechanism people use to deal with stressful situations.
Rationalization: The client creates a rational reason why something has happened. She may say that her chronic cough is from being in the cold instead of being lung cancer. This is a cooping mechanism people use to deal with stressful situations.
Projection: The client cannot accept his feelings [usually negative feelings] and instead projects them onto others. He may say, “My wife is so frightened about what will happen to me.” This is a cooping mechanism people use to deal with stressful situations.
The term compensation refers to a type of cooping mechanism in which people overachieve in one area to compensate for failures in another. For example, individuals with poor family lives may direct their energy into excelling above and beyond what is required at work. This is common in men who were physically strong prior to a diagnosis of a debilitating illness.
Idealization: This involves seeing someone or a circumstance as being perfect. An example is a husband that sees his dying wife as being an angel. A second example is the family that feels that if their ill child could come home, then everything would be perfect. This is a common cooping mechanism among family members of client’s with a terminal illness.