Such staying power as flimsy, faltering defenses


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Hi there,

I just cant figure out what author mean by the bold part!!! Does he compare the staying power of addictive pattern to flimsy, faltering defenses?

Almost everyone has some addictive patterns. Any reflexive response to stress and anxiety, whether conscious or not, is a form of addiction. The chief motive of any addiction is, of course, to help one feel what in fact one has already been feeling. Breaking the tyranny of addiction will require one to feel the pain that the addiction defends against. No wonder, then, that addictive patterns have such staying power as flimsy, faltering defenses against primal wounds.

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  • It is saying that even though they are flimsy defences against negative feelings, people continue to rely on addictions to escape.