Examples of Destructive Defense Cycles

People reject person A

Person A feels hurt by rejection

Person A fears social situations
People don't like the company of person A. images/acycle.gif (14544 bytes) Person A widthdraws from social interaction  in order to protect  himself from unpleasant social situations

Person A feels depressed

Person A feels lonely


Person A doesn't live up to his own standards of being warm friendly and happy.

Person A is not warm friendly and happy. images/acycle.gif (14544 bytes) Person A hates himself to make himself live up to his own standards

Person A is in a bad mood most of the time because of self-hate

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