The Armor We Carry Around


Awareness Advantage Podcast
The Armor We Carry Around

Kevin McCarthy, and Likky Lavji

The "armor" we carry around can refer to the emotional barriers or defenses we put up to protect ourselves from emotional pain or vulnerability. This can manifest in various ways, such as:

  1. Walls: We might build walls around ourselves to keep others out and protect ourselves from getting hurt.
  2. Denial: We might deny or repress our feelings to avoid dealing with them.
  3. Perfectionism: We might strive for perfection in an attempt to avoid criticism or failure.
  4. Avoidance: We might avoid certain situations or people that trigger painful emotions.
  5. Control: We might try to control everything in our lives as a way to manage anxiety or fear.

While these defenses can help us cope with difficult emotions in the short-term, they can also prevent us from experiencing the full range of emotions and connecting with others on a deeper level. Over time, these defenses can become habitual and limit our ability to grow and heal.

It's important to recognize the armor we carry around and to work towards letting it go when it's no longer serving us. This can be a challenging process, but with self-awareness, self-compassion, and support, it's possible to break down our defenses and cultivate more authentic and fulfilling relationships.

We explore this and more in our Awareness Advantage podcast. Check out our episodes, and go from being a good manager--to a great leader!

Raising your self-awareness and emotional intelligence will make you a better leader. High self-awareness equips you to identify and conquer the blind spots that lead to poor decisions, strained relationships and high levels of stress. Awareness is the leader’s superpower that drives engagement, inspires retention and shifts culture. Awareness gives you the advantage you need to influence and inspire the people you lead.


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