There are 3 different Avoidance Types. If you are one of those who commonly
avoid tasks or certain situations, it could be for several different reasons.
But before you can work on solving or completing a task you’ve been putting
off. It’s essential to narrow down what type of avoidance you are using to avoid
something in your life; with this information you can know how best to combat
it. Knowing these types will go a long way to assisting in running your HR
Avoidance Types: Emotional
This type of avoidance usually happens internally and can’t be seen by
anyone other than the person experiencing the avoidance. When you, emotionally
or cognitively, avoid something, it means you avoid thinking about it. This can
mean either blocking out the thoughts when they come to mind or repressed
memories that are incredibly stressful. Emotional avoidance is especially
prominent after someone has experienced a trauma and is very common in people
living with PTSD. Sometimes this type of avoidance requires medical
intervention to resolve. In business, employees pulling away from certain
individuals they work with can be sign they are struggling with emotional
Avoidance Types: Situational
Situational avoidance is much easier to see among your family and friends.
This form of avoidance is when you specifically avoid a certain person, place,
or thing. This may remind you of something which makes you unhappy. Avoidance
happens in friend groups when certain group members have had an altercation.
And then don’t want to go to events where they may see the person they have
disagreed with; the intention is to avoid causing problems. You may also notice
this type of avoidance in a friend who constantly changes the subject when a
particular topic comes up in conversation.
Avoidance Types: Protective
Protective avoidance is where you may go out of your way to protect yourself
from feeling a certain emotion or experiencing something again. For example,
someone who was the victim of a robbery may obsessively check the locks on all
the doors in the house to ensure they are locked. This type of avoidance can be
one of the most dangerous types. It can quickly escalate to more serious
conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or an eating disorder.
If you find yourself avoiding certain tasks, thoughts, or people, it’s time
to evaluate why you are doing so. Keep the three types of avoidance in mind.
Once you have discovered just what you are avoiding and why only then can you
work towards fixing the issue. Getting professional help if you find that you
can’t overcome your avoidance tenancies alone is not a sign of weakness. It is
actually a sign of strength and confidence.
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