character armour

character armour

n
(Psychology) psychol the defence an individual exhibits to others and to himself or herself to disguise his or her underlying weaknesses: a term coined by William Reich
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Thus Waters' extended work of psychotherapy (its theme of character armour, the walls we build around us, was current at the time thanks to the work of Janov and Fromme) became an extended metaphor for all manner of social ills from education to the futility of war.