character armor

char·ac·ter ar·mor

(kar'ak-ter ar'mor),
A habitual pattern of organized defenses against anxiety.
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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.
Encased in character armor, Vladimir cannot accept Milena's sexual importunities.