Cooling Off Hot Emotions by Intellectualizing

Sun through ice

We, as human beings, have developed some pretty meticulous ways to keep ourselves in an emotional equilibrium. We don’t like to feel bad. We want to be neutral or better. We avoid, deny, distort, project, disassociate, repress, displace, and intellectualize in an effort to avoid an uncomfortable emotion. All are effective to a certain extent, but there’s one defense mechanism that I see expats use more than all the others: intellectualizing.