i am the champion of coping mechanisms:
i am the epitome of denial
"Nothing happened. I am fine!"
i am a paradigm of dissociation
"I wasn't even there. That wasn't me."
i am adept at amnesia
"Abuse? What abuse?"
i am a master of minimizing
"It wasn't really that bad."
i am a virtuoso at justification
"Well, they couldn't really help it because..."
i am an expert at excuses
"I can't deal with it now because I'm too busy."
i am the ace of avoidance
"That reminds me, have you heard about...?"
i am foremost at fantasy
"Let's do another roleplaying game."
i am head honcho of hiding
"If i say and do nothing, then no one will notice."
i am a star at distraction
"I have to see, hear, try the latest everything!"
i am a wizard of repression
"It was a long time ago. Let sleeping dogs lie."
i am nonpareil at numbing
"Give me another one. There's no such thing as too much."
i am king of isolation
"I am a rock. I am an island. And a rock feels no pain."
i am the paragon of overcompensation
"Look: all A's! I got a raise! Another promotion!"
i am a pro at perfectionism
"I just have to get this right before i can rest."
i am a failure at all of the above.
"Eventually, they all stop working."
"the scariest thing about abuse of any shape or form, is, in my opinion, not the abuse itself, but that if it continues it can begin to feel commonplace and eventually acceptable."
- Alan Cumming, "Not My Father's Son"