10 Most Common Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms: A List

In this article:

Life entails a wide tapestry of different experiences. Some of those are pleasant, some sad, others challenging.
Coping mechanisms are the ways we respond to difficult experiences. We can think of our coping mechanisms as our emotional and behavioral toolbox.
But what happens when our responses to our experiences are not helpful? What do we do if our responses to our problems become the problem?
In this article, you will find reflections on the ten most common unhealthy coping mechanisms, including their origins, a few real-life examples, and how we can learn to orient ourselves towards healthier alternatives.
Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Resilience Exercises for free. These engaging, science-based exercises will help you effectively deal with difficult circumstances and give you tools to improve the resilience of your clients, students, or employees.

Recent Posts


What Is the Health Belief Model? An Updated Look

April 12, 2024

Early detection through regular screening is key to preventing and treating many...

Read More

Expanding the Window of Tolerance: 6 PDFs & Worksheets

April 10, 2024

In 2019, 970 million people worldwide were struggling with stress, anxiety, and...

Read More

12 Jungian Archetypes: The Foundation of Personality

April 8, 2024

In the vast tapestry of human existence, woven with the threads of...

Read More

Boosting Mental Toughness in Young Athletes & 20 Strategies

April 1, 2024

Mental toughness is not about being the loudest and brashest athlete on...

Read More

Reparenting: Seeking Healing for Your Inner Child

March 29, 2024

In our work as therapists, we often encounter the undeniable truth: we...

Read More

Unleashing the Power of Gentle Parenting (& 3 Examples)

March 27, 2024

Parenting is a beautiful and deeply rewarding, but also often a confusing...

Read More

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Share this post with your friends