THOUGHT AVOIDANCE By N., Sam M.S. - 11 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 Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development ATARACTIC (Atanndc) COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (Dissonance Theory) CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AVOIDANCE LEARNING ADOLESCENCE (Theories) COMPENSATION Identifying Relevant Theories and Models MENTAL RETARDATION (PREVENTION, CARE, AND TREATMENT) Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "THOUGHT AVOIDANCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/thought-avoidance/ (accessed October 5, 2022).