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Lara Blaine, the main character in How To Climb The Eiffel Tower, hides behind her intellect like another woman would hide behind her beauty. She doesn’t want people to see the vulnerable, damaged girl behind her big words and mountains of facts. Lara employs the the psychological defense mechanism of intellectualization when she concentrates on the facts and figures of a situation, in order to avoid feeling anything. For example, when asked how her day was an hour after she is diagnosed with cancer, Lara spouts drought and state rainfall statistics. She believes she can think her way out of any situation. Boy, is she wrong.

Intellectualization is a ‘flight into reason’, where the person avoids uncomfortable emotions by focusing on facts and logic. The situation is treated as an interesting problem that engages the person on a rational basis, whilst the emotional aspects are completely ignored as being irrelevant. (1)

 


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