Dr. Tracy notes that such behaviors are consistent with those a victim of sexual abuse often adopts as a coping mechanism.
All of those interviewed suggested various ways of coping with the social stigma of ending a family relationship.
Like the vast majority of men, nearly all women will find nonlethal methods of coping.
I once saw an episode of Oprah that featured a woman who was coping with infertility.
Nick Summers on how the august Wall Street Journal is coping with its sleazy corporate cousins.
At first, too, it seemed as if the government were incapable of coping with him.
It was so strong a combination that Henry shrank from coping with it.
He reached up, grasped the coping of the wall and drew himself up and over.
coping, like jockeying, is suggestive of all kinds of trickery.
Then he peered over the coping tiles to make sure of his means of descent.
c.1600 as an architectural term, from cope (n.), the cape-like vestment worn by priests (14c.), a variant of cape. Coping saw attested by 1931.
late 14c., "come to blows with," from Old French couper, earlier colper "hit, punch," from colp "a blow" (see coup). Meaning evolved 17c. into "handle successfully," perhaps influenced by obsolete cope "to traffic" (15c.-17c.), a word in North Sea trade, from the Flemish version of the Germanic source of English cheap. Related: Coped; coping.
cope 1 (kōp)
v. coped, cop·ing, copes
To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.