noun. with regard to the psychoanalysis of Erich Fromm, a method of correlation based upon withdrawal and isolation from other people, destructive actions inflicted toward other people, or a mixture of the two. Fromm held that this style of correlation was driven by a desire or requirement to mandate emotional distance stemming from a fear of dependency.

WITHDRAWAL-DESTRUCTIVENESS: "Withdrawal-destructiveness often results in destructive behavior towards other people."
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