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- Avoidance –avoidance conflict : Avoidance-avoidance conflict refers to a conflict arising from having to choose between equally undesirable alternatives.

- Avoidant (minimizing) coping style : Avoidant (minimizing) coping style refers to the tendency to cope with threatening events by withdrawing, minimizing, or avoiding them; believed to be an effective short-term, though not an effective long-term, response to stress .

Avoidant attachment refers to a pattern of attachment in which an infant avoids contact with the parent and shows no preference for the parent over other people.

- Avoidant attachment style : Avoidant attachment style refers to an attachment style characterized by a suppression of attachment needs, because attempts to be intimate have been rebuffed; people with this style find it difficult to develop intimate relationships.

Avoidant coping refers to a form of coping where you focus more on emotions resulting from the stressor and ignore or avoid the stressful experience itself. It involves mental or behavioral

Avoidant couples refers to couples who agree to disagree and who minimize conflict by avoiding each other.

- Avoidant insecure attachment : Avoidant insecure attachment refers to a second pattern of insecure attachment that is seen among babies who basically ignore their mothers, and usually show no strong signs of disturbance when she leaves the room. These babies are often observed to avoid their mothers during reunion episodes , or at least to greet her return rather casually.

Avoidant personality disorder refers to an enduring pattern of social discomfort, fear of negative evaluation, and timidity.

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