Quotes About Defensive

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Shannon L. Alder
“You will never find the real truth among people that are insecure or have egos to protect. Truth over time becomes either guarded or twisted as their perspective changes; it changes with the seasons of their shame, love, hope or pride.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“Defensiveness is usually someone silently screaming that they need you to value and respect them in disguise. When you look for deeper meanings behind someone’s pain you can then begin to heal not only yourself, but others.”
Shannon L. Alder

Jarod Kintz
“The ocean waves were choppy. Good thing I know karate and was able to fight back.”
Jarod Kintz, The Merits of Marthaism, and How Being Named Susan Can Benefit You

Kyra Gregory
“Have we become so defensive that we cannot even tolerate a kind act?”
Kyra Gregory, Butterfly

Defense mechanism in which the existence of unpleasant realities is disavowed; refers to keeping out of conscious awareness any aspects of external reality that, if acknowledged, would produce anxiety.”
Benjamin James Sadock, Sadock's Comprehensive Glossary of Psychiatry and Psychology

Criss Jami
“I'm not offended until you think I'm offended.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Stephen M. Irwin
“I need to ask, are you afraid of spiders?"
Nicholas blinked, suddenly caught off guard, "Yes, I'm afraid of spiders."
"Were you always?"
"What are you, a psychiatrist?"
Pritam took a breath. He could feel Laine's eyes on him, appraising his line of questioning.
"Is it possible that the trauma of losing your best friend as a child and the trauma of losing your wife as an adult and the trauma of seeing Laine's husband take his life in front of you just recently..." Pritam shrugged and raised his palms, "You see where I'm going?"
Nicholas looked at Laine. She watched back. Her gray eyes missed nothing.
"Sure," agreed Nicholas, standing. "And my sister's nuts, too, and we both like imagining that little white dogs are big nasty spiders because our daddy died and we never got enough cuddles."
"Your father died?" asked Laine. "When?"
"Who cares?"
Pritam sighed. "You must see this from our point of - "
"I'd love to!" snapped Nicholas. "I'd love to see it from your point of view, because mine is not that much fun! It's insane! It's insane that I see dead people, Pritam! It's insane that this," he flicked out the sardonyx necklace,"stopped me from kidnapping a little girl!"
"That's what you believe," Pritam said carefully.
"That's what I fucking believe!" Nicholas stabbed his finger through the air at the dead bird talisman lying slack on the coffee table.”
Stephen M. Irwin, The Dead Path

Sarah E. Olson
“July 15, 1991

Nita: Mv mother was a paragon of our neighborhood, People always come up to us with hugs, saying "You have the most wonderful mother." l'd think. “Don't you see
what's going on in this house?” To this day, if somehow even in jest raises their hand to me, I will do this (raises hands to protect face and
cowers) I cringe. Then they look at me like, what's your probem? You don't get that from a great childhood.”
Sarah E. Olson, Becoming One: A Story of Triumph Over Dissociative Identity Disorder

Tony Curl
“Getting defensive doesn't hide the fact that you know you could have done better. Stop putting your energy into your excuses.”
Tony Curl

“Sometimes I'm standoffish and defensive, and I let the angry part of my mind do the talking for me.
Sometimes I don't know what the hell I'm doing.
When someone you care about it clearly struggling, but you can't sum up what you need to say to them, it's the most sickening thing you'll ever feel.
Sometimes I really don't know what I'm supposed to say; whether I should back off and let someone chill out, or if I should step in and say something.
So I do whichever of those things is the wrong thing.
I don't know why I'm like this, but I always have been.
Maybe someone spilled beer on my internal circuit-board.
It was probably me.
If you need something I'm trying to provide but am failing at, it's okay to tell me.
I'll try harder.
I'm not bad.
I was just coded that way.”
Zombieslayer alienhunter

Criss Jami
“Whatever thing a man gets quickly enraged about is his idol, and whatever thing he makes his idol becomes his religion.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

John Williams
“rather awkwardly shy and therefore at times defensive and rather too assertive”
John Williams

Asa Don Brown
“The key to healthy communication is having a willingness to lay aside our defensive tendencies and accept responsibility for our part of the relationship”
Asa Don Brown, Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace, Finding Solutions that Work

Kate McGahan
“I see how you look at me,” spits the hateful man. He thinks we look upon him with the evil eye when we are not looking at him that way at all. We are just looking at him. It’s because he can’t accept the hate inside of himself that he projects it onto us.”
Kate McGahan, JACK McAFGHAN: Reflections on Life with my Master

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