A coping mechanism is a psychological strategy people use to block their consciousness from accepting the truth when accepting the truth would be too traumatic. Failing to accept the truth leaves a gap in the person's mind, so the person fills that gap with a coping mechanism.
Two common coping mechanisms are sour grapes, and denial of facts.
Examples of coping
- "I'm not past my prime, men peak at 40"
- "Fucking JBs isn't that great. Real men prefer 25+ year old women."
- "The reason girls don't like me isn't that I'm ugly or old - my problem is that I'm not confident enough. I just need to learn PUA and young attractive girls will flock to me."