What are the Definitions of Denial?

  • Pretending something does not exist when in reality it does
  • Being willing to admit there is a problem, but unwilling to see the severity of it
  • Seeing the problem as being caused by something or someone else. The behaviour is not denied, but its cause is someone else’s responsibility
  • Offering excuses, alibis, justifications, and other explanations for behaviour
  • Dealing with the problem on a general level; avoiding personal and emotional awareness of the situations or conditions
  • Changing the subject to avoid threatening topics
  • Becoming angry and irritable when reference is made to the condition. This helps to avoid the issue


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