a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming.
Origin of escape mechanism
First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for escape mechanism
psychol any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realitiesSee also escapism
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