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Arlin Cuncic

Avoidance Behaviors

By April 15, 2009

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Avoidance behaviors are those dysfunctional things that you do, or do not do, to manage feelings of anxiety in social or performance situations. Some examples of avoidance behaviors include:

  • Eating at your desk to avoid the cafeteria
  • Dropping a class to avoid giving a presentation
  • Crossing the street to avoid talking to someone
  • Not answering the telephone
  • "Spacing out" when you are in a group

Have you ever engaged in these types of behaviors? If so, share your experiences with other readers.

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