ostrichism

ostrichism

(ˈɒstrɪtʃˌɪzəm)
n
the act of refusing to accept reality or hiding one's head in the sand

ostrichism

- Self-delusion, a refusal to cope with something, such as a threat—figuratively hiding one's head in the sand, as the animal is mistakenly thought to do.
See also related terms for threat.
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Occupying the middle of the continuum, ostrichism can occur under the guise of several other approaches.
She went to great lengths to distance herself from what was happening around her in the last year, not in ostrichism but rather in an attempt to find a peaceful state of mind from which she can create her latest work.
(34) Accusations of what was termed "ostrichism"--that is, not merely ignorance of danger but willful ignorance-of the sort leveled by Kipling in "The Islanders" pervade the literature of invasion.
NBW's old boards, which featured occasional stars like Clark Clifford and True Davis, were too detached from the bank's business, ignoring, for example, the union's more dubious deals done through the bank (see "Moral Ostrichism: Blindness on a Bank Board," John Rothchild, November 1970).