(of behaviour) demonstrating a tendency to avoid intimacy or interaction with others
And so begins what psychologists call the avoidant coping behavior.
Dad-olescence: The New Midlife Crisis Sean Macaulay October 26, 2009
Children with avoidant personalities or extreme anxiety will more easily fall into an unhealthy coping style.
When a Parent Commits Suicide: A Psychiatrist’s Advice Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz May 17, 2012
to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger. to prevent from happening: to avoid falling. Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate. Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel. Contemporary Examples On Friday, Young avoided being sent to jail on contempt of court charges. […]
- Avoidant personality
avoidant personality avoidant personality a·void·ant personality (ə-void’nt) n. A personality disorder characterized by hypersensitivity to potential or actual rejection and criticism, a strong need for uncritical acceptance, social withdrawal in spite of a desire for affection and acceptance, and low self-esteem.
to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger. to prevent from happening: to avoid falling. Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate. Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel. verb (transitive) to keep out of the way of to refrain from doing to prevent […]
avoirdupois weight. Historical Examples And they set no price by no avoir ne riches, but only of a precious stone, that is amongst them, that is of sixty colours. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville John Mandeville But their sole occupation is that conducted under the three great verbs, Prendre; avoir; Quitter. A History of […]