a specific type of defense mechanism in which a person deals with emotional stress by retreating into excessive daydreaming as a substitute for human relationships. Thereby, the person does not solve problems effectively.

AUTISTIC FANTASY: "The student was so overwhelmed with his or her work that instead of taking a proactive stance, he or she used autistic fantasy, or daydreaming to cope."
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