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There are different types of avoidance, both emotional and physical.

  • Emotional avoidance is when a person avoids thoughts or feelings about a traumatic event, like someone telling himself if they don't think about the teasing, they can "erase" the experience.
  • Behavioral avoidance occurs when a person actually attempts to avoid the experience or environment that the trauma occurred in, like gym class.
  • Partial avoidance occurs when someone can't escape a traumatic environment, like a mandatory gym class. Rather than risk the consequences of avoiding gym, someone might develop a "safety behavior" like avoiding contact with kids that are likely to tease or trying to ignore their behavior by daydreaming or singing to themselves.

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