- Defense mechanism in which a person adopts a cold, distanced perspective on a matter that actually creates strong unpleasant feelings.
- A mental mechanism in which the person engages in excessive abstract thinking to avoid confrontation with conflicts or disturbing feelings.
Source: Edgerton, Jane E. 1994. American Psychiatric Glossary, 7th Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press (Link)
3. A means of preventing oneself from going on a rampage through Kenmore Square with an illegally modified Weed Whacker following a terrible, terrible Red Sox game.
So, let's talk language for a moment, shall we?