Escapism is a mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation as an ESCAPE or disassociation from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of daily life. It can also be used as a term to define the actions people take to help relieve persisting feelings of depression or general sadness and isolation.
Escapism often carries a negative connotation suggesting that escapists are unhappy, with an inability to connect meaningfully with the world and take necessary action.
According to Oxford Dictionary, “The tendency to seek, or to practise of seeking, distraction from what normally has to be endured.”
Theodar Fontane once said, “His followers saw rest and wish fulfilment (in small measures) as useful tools in adjusting to traumatic upset” ; while later psychologist have highlighted the role of vicarious distractions in shifting unwanted moods, especially anger and sadness.
# Escapism is not defined by the behaviour itself but the motivation behind it.
#Situation levels of well-being affects the types of escapism that becomes dominant at a specific time.
The term ‘escapism’ is reserved for those who take excessive time away from real life to the point at which they seem to be trying to escape from it.
We interpret the popularity of escapism as an indication that people are unhappy with the lives they are leading—whether due to material deprivation or cloying over consumption.
We believe that friendship is the key to helping escapists by encouraging them to think positive.
# Millions of people are crowded into cities, but living a lonely existence.
# According to World Health Organisation, “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and by 2020 it will be the second most important disease worldwide”
Nowadays, some would say that to live ‘within ourselves’ is simply a form of “Escapism”—-
a term possessing derogatory connotations implying a detachment from everyday reality or routine, shirking of responsibilities…a lack of concern for the values generally associated with ‘getting on’ in the world.
#Psychological therapies go a long way to easing the urge to escape and teach individuals to emotionally regulate in better ways and deal with distress in a more tolerant manner.
FORMS OF ESCAPISM—
Sports serve a valuable purpose for us. Sports provide a valuable release and form of escapism and stress release for many.
Some sports can be particularly aggressive, such as rugby, and this provides a legitimate outlet for aggression.
- Corporate World—
The Employees use work as a form of escapism. Being busy and buying your head in emails and work projects provides a great escape from having to deal with the fundamentals in life such as personal fulfilment, quality relationships and a satisfying sense of direction in life.
The harder life becomes the more people seek fulfilment in drugs to help them escape.
If life was happier and easier i believe there would be less demand for drugs as a form of escapism.
Overeating is a form of escapism that is cause by a person seeking comfort. It is an escape from sadness of frustration.
# There are so many forms of escapism, anything in extremes suggests a possible issue. Addictions are a form of escapism whether it’s smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling or love addiction. All of these stem from inner lack or void.
This negativity is only due to life sufferings or we can say sufferings which are created by our own. It is nothing, just a state of mind. Our mind works according to our design created for its formulation. Change the way you look, all the sight will be changed automatically.
If you found yourselves in any of the above mentioned symptoms or forms, try to convert this negative form to positive form.
“Positive forms of escape includes meditation and mindfulness”