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coping mechanism

noun, Psychology
an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on conscious or unconscious choice and that enhances control over behavior or gives psychological comfort.
Compare defense mechanism (def 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Keep in mind that your brother's belief in a large-scale conspiracy may be a coping mechanism.
  • It also serves as a coping mechanism in the face of incomprehension.
  • It is not a coping mechanism but rather the path to salvation.
  • Melancholia implies that depression may be a coping mechanism against mortality.
  • But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits.

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