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"Helen, is it possible that we are using our child as an intimacy barrier?"
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'In an effort to make this sales meeting more pleasant, I have taken the liberty of rotating our sales graph counter clockwise a full ninety degrees,'
"I always lived vicariously. Why can't I die vicariously?"
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"I've decided to re-enter the workforce so I can spend less time with my family."
'You can't just float through life, and never deal with the issues.'
'Sorry fellas can we do this tomorrow I have left my glasses in Warwick.'
'We want you to stop reporting on a need-to-know basis, Childers, and start reporting on a want-to-hear basis.'
Tags:mental state, mental states, mental illness, mental illnesses, problem, problems, depression, depressed, thought process, thought processes, avoidance, avoidance tactic, avoidance tactics, anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, gad, general anxiety disorder, worrier, worriers, psychoanalysis, psychoanalyst, psychoanalysts, psychoanalyses, avoidance technique, avoidance techniques
'We have two options. Boldly tackle the challenges ahead, or hold off and hope an asteroid strikes.'
'Come now, Dr Faustus. Selling one's soul to the devil is a textbook example of avoidance behaviour.'
"And now, if you don't want to know today's Dow Jones closing, look away from your set until the music stops."
"Would you get up already - the meeting's in five minutes and play dead's not going to work again."
"If that's my matching sock, I'm not here."
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"Tell him I'm not in."
"My head hurts but only when I do homework."
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'Look, I'm not going to keep offering you last meals indefinitely.'
"He's not comfortable with confrontation...So he tries to find forms of 'feedback' that he finds less stressful."
'No way I'm going to your cousin's wedding. It can't be that hard to come up with an excuse. After all, we are a couple of weasels.'
'You know, Charlene, I never believe it when a woman says she can't go out with me because's staying in to wash her hair, but your story has the ring of truth. Have fun washing your beret tonight.'
'Three days, four different avoidance routines.'
"I have done nothing wrong. It was an error of judgement."
"I don't know how to tell you this to your face, so I'm texting you."
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"I'm away from my desk or on another line. Please leave a message at the sound of my impersonation of a beep."
Bob always went above and beyond the call of duty - hoping someone else would answer it.
Bob would go to any lengths to avoid public speaking.