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I think escapism can be healthy if it isn’t overused. For example, it can good to ‘escape’ into a book when you feel overwhelmed as long as you don’t use it as a substitute for dealing with real life. Escapism can come very naturally for some people as a part of who they are (e.g. Introverts) and therefore it’s healthy in cases like that.
@unstoppableobject, If you do it too much it results in trouble in real life, but there are people who make a living out of escapism, like artists for example, they escape life to find creativity inside. If you escape life once in a while I think it’s actually healthy because you don’t get caught up in the daily routine, the daily motion, and you can start your engine all fresh again. It’s like going on a vacation to recharge your battery. If you do it once in a while it has its benefits.
If it prevents and/or hinders progress, I would say yes. Escapism is at its worst when people start living in circles, taking up things like drinking and over-socialization to help soothe the symptoms of a deep issue rather than confronting it head on. People who work dead end jobs to pay for things they don’t need tend to follow this pattern.