When is it a good idea to push your feelings and thoughts away? In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) there is actually a skill called “Pushing Away,” and it falls under the Distraction Skills. These are considered “Crisis Survival” skills to be used when there is nothing more that you can do to solve a situation and you want to reduce your stress. Reducing your stress reduces your vulnerability to acting in ways that make the situation worse or cause you more suffering. This skill works even if the situation is not at the crisis level.