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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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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.
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.
Boszormenyi may be credited with having invented a complex, multiple intersecting web of writing that describes the conflict of the new and the old morality with sex as an escape mechanism.
And trio winners, Ahmed Tarek, Mahmoud Shibl, and Omar Ghorab, found a new escape mechanism for opening a car door when it is subjected to water pressure.
The potential rise of China as 'lender of first resort' has fuelled anxieties among G8 leaders that debt cancellation has unwittingly provided African leaders with an escape mechanism from Western influence.