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Avoidance Mechanisms

 

Explanations > Behaviors > Coping > Avoidance Mechanisms

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We cope with difficulties in various ways. Some are more positive than others. Whilst avoidance and denial is a relatively harmless method that can be useful in the short term, it can still result in significant internal damage and may end up coming out in other ways.

In some ways, most forms of coping include denial as the person avoids the real issue.

So what?

Guard against negative behavior that can harm others and lead you into trouble. Try converting these into adaptive mechanisms.

When you are working with others, beware of them avoiding you. Also beware of trying to force them to confront things. Sometimes, when you take the cork out of a pressurized bottle, there is a significant explosion.

See also

Adaptive Mechanisms, Anger, Avoidant Personality

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