It's often a painful role for a child to assume, but therapists say there can be some perks too.
This defense mechanism might be stopping you from processing and coping with a traumatic event.
"Society has actually demanded that women navigate their despair in secrecy and proceed with life as usual."
"I felt like an addict who constantly needed a fix. I’d try to limit myself to a few episodes, but denying myself rarely worked."
When survival mode becomes chronic, it can have serious repercussions for your health.
"After three years of intensive therapy and a lifetime of denying the reality of my past, I can finally say it out loud," Christian Weissmann shared with HuffPost.
"What I needed was to be mothered. But, because I didn’t trust my own mother, I decided I’d have to do it myself."
The model got candid about her health scare and living with the “fear of maybe it was gonna happen again.”
"When I was younger, I didn't think in terms of systems — just experiences. Now I know better."