Help me find the word?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by HEChicken, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    For days now I have been trying to come up with a word and while its on the tip of my tongue, it never quite comes to me. The word I am looking for describes a pattern of behavior wherein one continually repeats the same negative behavior. An example might be a woman who goes from one abusive relationship to the next because its all she knows. This would be described as her ......?

    Anyone? I know this word exists and that I'll know it as soon as I hear it but I just haven't been able to quite say the word aloud and even googling a variety of terms didn't get me the result I needed, so I turn to y'all instead.
     
  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Would it be "paradigm"?
     
  3. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    it could be an incessant behavior or compulsive idk i'll keep thinking [​IMG]
     
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Tough luck? Stupidity?
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Moronski??
     
  6. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    Oh... I feel like it's on the tip of my tongue too... I don't know! [​IMG]
     
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    self-destructive behavior?
     
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  8. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nemesis? (A source of harm or ruin.)
     
  9. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just usually refer to this as her pattern of self destructive behavior.

    We could refer to it as a negative coping mechanism or coping strategy.
     
  10. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, it's gotta be nemesis. [​IMG]

    Her nemesis (the opponent that cannot be overcome) is her own self defeating, negative pattern of behavior.

    I keep editing, lol.
     
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