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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 Because of this sensitivity, the person becomes socially withdrawn and forms relationships only with those willing to give uncritical acceptance.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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Current research suggests that spouses with a secure attachment style experience a higher level of marital adjustment than those with an anxious or avoidant attachment style (see, e.
those with an avoidant attachment style tend to minimize the importance of and seek to psychologically distance from attachment figures (Ainsworth, 1979; Hazan & Shaver, 1987; Bartholomew & Horowitz, 1991).
Risen asserted that engaging in an avoidant action seems to create the sense that the bad luck is being pushed away.
A third line of evidence stems from studies reporting significant relationships between OGM and avoidant coping.
The questionnaire included 15 questions about participants 'believe about secure attachment, ambivalent attachment and avoidant attachment, every subscale included five items.
Adult and parent-child attachment (van Ijzendoorn, 1995) Adult attachment Parent-child attachment Autonomous or secure Secure Dismissive Avoidant Preoccupied Resistant Unresolved Disorganised
At this time the attachment of the child was determined as secure, avoidant, resistant, or disorganized.
Approach coping reflects cognitive and behavioral efforts to master or resolve life stressors; avoidant coping involves attempts to deny, minimize, or escape the stressful situation (Moos, 1992b).
Following, we provide examples of our model for avoidant and borderline personality disorders to demonstrate its utility.
4%) met the criteria of at least one cluster C personality disorder The most common diagnoses among these disorders were avoidant (7.
She also identifies certain personality types, such as "the clingy, anxious perceiver" who responds best to clear and patient direction, and "the aloof, avoidant perceiver" who isn't likely to show gratitude or appreciation.
Aviators may be more apt to use an avoidant, externalizing coping strategy--so-called "acting out".