Avoidance Coping, Discomfort, and Joy
“I would prefer not to.” – Bartleby, the Scrivener
The world has a way of handing us situations that are uncomfortable. We are asked to have tough conversations, to be exposed to viewpoints we don’t share, and to face painful news. Sometimes we just want to tune out the difficult stuff, plop onto the couch and turn on Downton Abbey (or your distraction of choice).
While avoiding discomfort is natural, it is not always helpful.
Avoidance coping takes many forms, like ignoring texts, binge-watching TV, overeating or substance use. We often turn to this form of coping . . .
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