Actually you can find many different techniques that people use (mostly unconsciously). Here are some type I spotted
These guys laugh at every thing. Them selves included. Their life is spent laughing away at various things , events and thoughts that cross their minds. These guys don't seems to be doing this when they are alone, they need other to listen to their jokes. They seek out and spend as much time as possible with friends. Be kind to these guys , they need attention.. without it reality comes crashing in and kills them.
These guys simply try to forget reality by working. Most workaholics have other problems they are trying to forget. So next time you see the office work addict may be you should pity the guy rather than grumble that he is just trying to please the boss.
The Do Good'er
The dogooder is the kindhearted good Samaritan. They do good at every turn. Bask in all the good will people project towards them. These are mostly older folk. As you grow older some of us begin to have regrets