What is Experiential Avoidance?

Experiential avoidance – Wikipedia

Experiential avoidance ( EA) has been broadly defined as attempts to avoid thoughts, feelings, memories, physical sensations, and other internal experiences-even when doing so creates harm in the long-run. The process of EA is thought to be maintained through negative reinforcement -that is, short-term relief of discomfort is achieved through avoidance, thereby increasing the likelihood that the behavior will persist.

Originally posted 2016-10-15 07:58:35.