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Psychological Defense Mechanisms : The 3D’s

Denial, Distortion, and Delusion. The 3 -D’s

This is Chato Stewart, thank you for reading this post. It will change your life!   For this Mental Health Humor post, I will be writing it in the 3rd person.

Chato Stewart has it, do you? Do you have The Three D’s for dealing with stress and mental fatigue? You may not even recognize them off hand. Are your 3D’s the way to defer, duck and dance around emotional trauma?

Consequently, it is the deferring, ducking and dancing that seems to get Chato Stewart in the most trouble. Is it just his and our Psychological Defense Mechanisms at work?  Are we slaves or are we hard-wired brain Defense Mechanisms when faced with fear, stress, or emotional situations?  Is our fight or flight triggered? More importantly: why does it seem like Chato Stewart’s Defense Mechanisms are triggered on a dime?  Does this only happen with someone dealing with a mental disorder? This Defense Mechanisms term we may associate more in a clinical setting of a mental health professional office or provider, a term a doctor might use while talking to us.  There are three more “D’s” to add to: “defer, duck and dance.”

PS- Chato Stewart may have been in Denial and my thinking could have been a bit Distortion to think this post would change you life, is he Delusion? I guess we will have to keep reading to find out.

 To Be Continued

Part 1: Psychological Defense Mechanisms : The 3 -D’s

Part 2: Denial, Distortion, and Delusion. The 3 -D’s

part 3: Defense Mechanism is Denial, Distortion, Delusion

Psychological Defense Mechanisms : The 3D’s

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2015). Psychological Defense Mechanisms : The 3D’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from


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