retreat from reality

re·treat from re·al·i·ty

(rē-trēt' rē-al'i-tē),
Substitution of imaginary satisfactions or fantasy for relations with the real world.

re·treat from re·al·i·ty

(rē-trēt' rē-al'i-tē)
Substitution of imaginary satisfactions or fantasy for relations with the real world.
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Externally, she appears as a frail Southern belle, looking for a retreat from reality at her sister's chaotic New Orleans apartment.
But for those who want a retreat from reality in order to spend time in this beautiful little Brigadoon of a town, these mini-movies will feel like a warm blanket on a cold winter night.
THERE are some weeks when you just need to retreat from reality.
Andrew."), you are in retreat from reality, and this is a strategy that only has a bad outcome.
Electronics retailers urge us to turn our homes into cinemas where we will retreat from reality, but human satisfaction comes from learning and working alongside other people.
They offer a retreat from reality, a safe cocoon in which to regenerate.
Her fantasies among the stars are a retreat from reality and the upset of moving to a new city with her mother, father, brother Tommy and the pet cat.
Many elderly and middle-aged people look to the future only with vague apprehension, preferring to retreat from reality, either into woolly, warm nostalgia for the `Golden years' of Marshal Tito's rule, or to cheap Latin American television soap operas (still the staple diet of the state-run television company New RTS).
His relationship with Tessa, with whom he finds it difficult to pretend, makes him face the truth, and he begins to deal with his retreat from reality. Guilt is a ghost that pervades the house in which Ruben lives.
Of less significance in this view would be the myth of bucolic retreat from reality; in its stead would stand the attention deservedly paid to the textual facts of life: characters in an imperfect world left to long for the perfection of the ideal plane, intrusion by villainous forces (Polemas, et al.) upon a supposed preserve protected by the gods, cultural tension between Gallic and Roman influences, conflicting signs within the social hierarchy, the earmarks of Christian theology found in this society's druidic lore, the mounting patriarchal pressure against the matriarchal order of this land of Marcilly, and so on.
The desire to retreat from reality, to find refuge in comforting myths or consoling hopes, is also a basic part of human nature.
The track record of integrative generality in knowledge production generally should warn us away from this tack and, in any case, the prevalence of hyperspecialization in knowledge production should tell us that a retreat from reality into generalism is more an expression of frustration than an attempt to come to terms with the growth of knowledge.