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escape mechanism

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychol any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities. See also escapism

escape′ mech`anism


n.
a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.escape mechanism - a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
dodging, escape, evasion - nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
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Tantrums that are reinforced by allowing the child to leave and play on the iPad easily can turn into a chronic escape mechanism.
Lamphere muses whether our collective clinging to the past is an escape mechanism, asking, "Could it be that technology is progressing so fast, it no longer makes life more convenient for us, but rather more stressful?
He prefers to spend time alone, and actively seeks out space by himself if the environment is too noisy, too light or too busy, if he does not have an escape mechanism he will be seen having a meltdown.
Canagliflozin, on the other hand, operates differently: It provides an escape mechanism for glucose.
While welcoming the general intent of the legislation, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations is hoping the final bill will contain some escape mechanism for a donor hospital to form an agreement with the OPO of its choice if it feels it is not being properly served, said Steve Haid, AOPO president.
Lifts, for example were always available as an escape mechanism, and all fire escape staircases were built simultaneously and kept free, and independent hoists were also located on the outside skin of the building in case of a calamity inside.
It would be very interesting to test if a mimicry complex exists among metallically colored insects, where mimics take advantage of fast escape responses developed by models and capitalize on their success without having to invest in the development of their own fast escape mechanism.
Thankfully, Victoria was able to use art as an escape mechanism, and with help and support from Mind, gradually began to free herself from crippling depression.
Co-author Dr Trish Fleming from the University said that caudal autotomy, or the ability to shed the tail in response to attack, is a major predator escape mechanism in species within 13 of the 20 lizard families.
Diving into water may also be an effective escape mechanism from predators, for orthopterans such as the New Zealand tusked weta Motuweta riparia (McCartney et al.
The industry's preferred escape mechanism from this