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a conscious or unconscious defense mechanism consisting of refusal to encounter situations, activities, or objects that would produce conflict.
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In psychiatry, a term describing a decrease in strength of relationships or fear and withdrawal when conflict emerges. See: attachment. Compare: approach.
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Psychiatry The intentional skirting of new interpersonal contacts to the extent of impairing social function
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In psychiatry, a term describing a decrease in strength of relationships or fear and withdrawal when conflict emerges.
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In psychiatry, a term describing a decrease in strength of relationships or fear and withdrawal when conflict emerges.
See: attachment
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Patient discussion about avoidance

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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"That's four times more than the next greatest contributor of corporate tax avoidance risks, the Netherlands, which accounts for less than 7%."
Amazon's tax avoidance also means it will pay a -1 percent federal income tax rate this year after paying a federal rate of more than 11 percent between 2011 and 2016.
If the marginal cost of tax avoidance is sufficiently small, additional internal cash flows generated by tax avoidance may reduce the firm's financial constraints and the risk of financial distress.
The leaked Paradise Papers have exposed tax avoidance by the super-rich, with Labour's Jeremy Corbyn saying "tens of billions" is being "leeched" from public services.
Increased efforts to crack down on corporate tax avoidance have come in the wake of a public backlash over dubious practices by the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google.
Paul Noble, tax director at Pinsent Masons, said: "HMRC has had a number of high-profile wins in tackling tax avoidance, with some of the UK's most famous faces suffering intense public scrutiny for their supposed involvement.
7874, regardless of whether there is a principal purpose of tax avoidance. The reason behind this different treatment is unclear.
Mr Balls stormed: "The Tories can claim they'll raise money from tackling tax avoidance, but the amount of uncollected tax has gone up under this government.
ED Miliband has challenged David Cameron to say whether he agrees with a former Conservative treasurer's claim that "everyone" engages in tax avoidance. After Tory peer Lord Fink's admission that he had taken "vanilla, bland" avoidance measures to reduce his tax liabilities, Mr Miliband said the Prime Minister was facing "a defining moment" in his leadership.