The Psychology of Dr. House: Defense Mechanisms and Emotional Pain

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On ‘TV Head Drama,’ hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest Dr. Cortina Peters discuss Dr. Gregory House’s cynicism and emotional distance could be defense mechanisms against past hurts or a fear of connection.

Defense mechanisms

Cynicism and emotional distance, like Dr. House displays, can mask underlying pain, fear, or past trauma.

Work as a distraction

Using work to avoid personal issues can temporarily ease discomfort but doesn’t address root problems.

Healthy family relationships

It’s essential to address conflicts and set boundaries within families proactively to prevent lasting damage.

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