1. Acting so as not to draw attention to you. 2. The neurotic idealisation of compliancy, dependency and selfless love as a reaction to identifying with the hated self. See compliant character; neurotic trend.

SELF-EFFACEMENT: "Joe always used self-effacement in group situations so no attention was given to him."
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