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Denial

Psychological Perspectives

 

October 12, 2017

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Ken Silvestro, PhD

Denial is word commonly used in the therapeutic world because many people deny their surrounding reality and their emotions. It is important to ask: Why is denial so common and what does that really mean?

When a person has an illness and doesn't admit that she/he is ill, that is an example of denial. If a person hears that a loved one is dying and doesn't accept that fact, then denial is present.

These descriptions are clear examples of denial. In both cases, the person is not willing to face the reality of the situation or their emotions. Perhaps a simple but good definition/description o...



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