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escape mechanism

noun, Psychology
1.
a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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escape mechanism

noun
1.
(psychol) any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities See also escapism
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