I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.

When building your profitable practice, you must address challenges head-on. You have to refrain from avoidance behavior. Do you know someone who expresses several avoidance behaviors? Are you worried that you may be exhibiting some avoidance behaviors? Pay attention to find out more information on typical avoidance behaviors:

Avoiding certain situations

This is the most assessable type of avoidance to spot. Situational avoidance is when an individual will avoid specific locations, situations, or people because of poor past experiences or anxiety. If you have that one friend who always asks who will be there before they agree to attend an event, they are probably trying to avoid the situation.

Cognitive avoidance

This one isn’t as easy to diagnose as others, but this is one you may see in yourself. If you are experiencing cognitive avoidance, you may find yourself repressing specific memories or refusing to think about certain situations. Your sure sign you are cognitively avoiding something is if you start thinking about something then tell yourself not to think about whatever subject you were thinking about.


Perfectionism and other compulsive behaviors such as obsessive-compulsive disorder can be classified as avoidance behaviors. These can manifest in several different ways for different reasons. But if you find yourself obsessing over ensuring something is done perfectly, this could be that you are trying to avoid facing or thinking about a problem or emotion.

Changing the subject 

This is another avoidance behavior that is easy to spot in your friends and family. If you are having a conversation and find out the person you’re talking with changes the subject, this could be because they are avoiding the topic. Of course, changing the topic one time isn’t necessarily avoidance. Still, if they continually change the topic when a particular subject is brought up, this is a sure sign of avoidance.

Inappropriate emotions

Sometimes you will replace it with a different feeling when you don’t want to face a certain behavior or emotion. For example, people who feel sad about something may avoid the emotion by becoming angry at the slightest occurrence. Although this is easier to see in yourself than others, you can spot avoidance behavior in a friend when their emotions may not match the situation.

These are the most common and easiest avoidance behaviors to see. But this certainly isn’t all of them. If you think someone or yourself may be exhibiting avoidance behaviors, it’s important to investigate and discover what may be going on behind the surface. It could be a post-traumatic response, imposter syndrome, anxiety, or any number of issues.

However, when running a business, especially a successful one, you can’t dodge every issue. You had to deal with is head-on. The best approach is to acknowledge your desire to run then ask yourself why you’re doing it. Are you afraid that you won’t measure up, are you avoiding the people involved, or are you overwhelmed? Getting to the root of the issue helps you resolve the problem. 

I am Dr. Hassan, Board Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.


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