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characterized by avoidance or moving away from something.
avoidant disorder of childhood and adolescence former name for a disorder now included under the diagnosis of social phobia.
avoidant personality disorder a personality disorder marked by extreme shyness and sensitivity to rejection. Because of this sensitivity, the person becomes socially withdrawn and forms relationships only with those willing to give uncritical acceptance. The self-esteem of such a person is naturally low. Fear of embarrassment prevents the patient from undertaking risks or new activities. In spite of the social withdrawal, the avoidant personality has a great desire for affection and companionship.


/avoid·ant/ (ah-void´ant) moving away from; negatively oriented.


Tending to avoid or shun something, especially as a means of coping with anxiety or stress: risk-avoidant behavior; therapies aimed at socially avoidant children.

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Q. Which food should be consumed and which should be avoided. Found some months before that my mother has very painful gout. Which food should be consumed and which should be avoided and why?

A. Changing the nutrition profile will be of help and a good medical treatment for gout is also available. High protein food should be avoided. But lamb, pork, bacon, chicken, all fish, peas, beans and lentils can be taken in small amount, as protein is an important requirement for nutritional fulfillment, its intake should be in very small amounts. Alcohol should be reduced greatly, especially wine and beer. A good fluid intake of plain water is advised. Foods that aggravate shall be avoided.

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Q. how to avoid breast cancer? i heard that wearing bras when sleeping causes breast cancer and i've been doing this for the past 2 years and now i'm so scared

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In the second study, secure attachment to church congregation was operationalized as lower levels of both avoidant and anxious attachment.
They concluded that avoidant attachment was related to both suppressive and reactive coping styles, whereas anxious attachment was only related to reactive coping.
In this study, I investigated a more specific examination of attachment styles from a dimensional perspective that consisted of anxious attachment and avoidant attachment (Fraley, Waller, & Brennan, 2000).
Scott and Bruce1 defined decision style as "the learned, habitual response pattern exhibited by an individual when confronted with a decision situation" and proposed five styles of making decisions: rational, intuitive, dependent, avoidant and spontaneous.
Avoidant infants tend to isolate themselves from the parent upon their reunion and are content to play on their own.
Findings more shows that science achievers use more competitive, avoidant, independent, collaborative and participant learning styles while arts achievers use more dependent learning style as compare to the science achievers at intermediate level in the subject of English.
We also expect a positive correlation between avoidant coping and test anxiety and that socially prescribed perfectionism would be positively correlated with test anxiety in both countries.
Wahidar29 found a positive and significant relationship between independent, dependant, collaborative, competitive, contributive, and avoidant on students' achievement.
The authors examined the relationship between avoidant and anxious attachment to God/Higher Power and bulimia symptoms among 599 female college student participants.
In terms of academic excellence, one model worth mentioning is "Full Range of Leadership Model" which comprises transformational, transactional and passive avoidant leadership behaviors (Leithwood and Jantzi, 2006).
There are two distinct styles of insecure attachment in childhood: anxious and avoidant (Ainsworth et al.
However, where care is inadequate, in terms of unpredictability in the response or in terms of distancing and the encouragement of early autonomy, a type of insecure attachment is structured, which can lead to either a tendency not to be able to regulate the emotions (as is the case of ambivalent attachment), or an inability to be able to recognize anxieties and fears (as in the case of avoidant attachment).