THOUGHT AVOIDANCE By N., Pam M.S. - April 29, 2013 the capacity to avoid or not pay attention to unfavorable or dissonant cognitive occurrences. It is a type of psychological defense mechanism in addition to bring a means of therapeutic alteration. THOUGHT AVOIDANCE: "Thought avoidance isn't something all people are easily capable of." Related Psychology Terms REPRESSION-SENSITIZATION SAFETY DEVICE PSYCHOGENIC HYPERSOMNIA AUTISTIC FANTASY PROJECTIVE IDENTIFICATION 1 TITRATION SUPPORTIVE-EXPRESSIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY OCCASIONALISM EMOTIONAL INSULATION PRESBYOPIA Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "THOUGHT AVOIDANCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/thought-avoidance/ (accessed May 11, 2021).