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a hobby, a person, a drug,a vice or any other distraction to divert your attention from a more painful, ghastly or difficulty situation.
indiscriminate sex, weed, getting drunk and perhaps verbally abusing others are (negative) forms of emotional novocaine

music, reading and vigorous exercise are all (positive) forms of emotional novocaine
by jazzrock August 24, 2006

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