a position of unawareness when a person's thought processes are overwhelming enough to distract them from their surrounding environment.

ABSENT-MINDEDNESS: "Stunned at the news that she would soon be unemployed when her company went bankrupt, Sally found herself absent-minded on the drive home, remembering very little of it by the time she arrived at her doorstep."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ABSENT-MINDEDNESS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/absent-mindedness/ (accessed September 24, 2021).