character armor

char·ac·ter ar·mor

(kar'ak-ter ar'mor),
A habitual pattern of organized defenses against anxiety.
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Reich was convinced that "if man could live by his instincts and not in submission to his character armor not only would life be freer and richer than it is but also many moral problems and indeed many physical illnesses including cancer would never occur" (Rycroft 33).
Like Nevelson's art overall, this monument to melancholia suggests the most magical character armor and closet.
All this would have been easily missed if I had ignored his character armor and acceded to his wishes for "body work.