Part of The Inner Space Series. Rigid Defended Formations is a Digital Collage which hunkers down in the inner trenches, bunkers and protected psychological spaces that we have constructed in our earlier life. All Ego Defence Mechanisms are an attempt at reducing tensions and anxieties through need displacement or perceptual distortion. They have all been at one time or other useful self-defensive strategies and formed organically in response to the psychological, social and emotional pressures of our developmental environment. Rationalization, Denial, Compensation, Projection, Identification and Fantasy are just some of the defensive strategies deployed to protect ourselves from psychological stress and emotional damage in earlier life.
As we grow older these defences which were once so useful are so ingrained in our unconscious behaviours and attitudes that they are automatically and reflexively employed in situations, relationships and contexts where they have no place. In fact they can have a negative impact distancing us from reality while creating a rigidity and inflexibility in adult life that means an individual may unconsciously guard themselves against exploring positive new experiences, blocking the potential for maturation and growth. Having said that these defences are a natural and powerful resource in times of trauma or duress and the issue is not with the defences themselves but, given their unconcious and reflexive nature a lack of choice. By developing an awareness of how we utilize our various defences we gain an understanding of where in our lives they are useful or where they pose obstacles. With this awareness in hand and when the timing is right, we can then choose to finally, simply step out of our own way.