denialBook Definition: Avoiding a difficult situation by simply denying that it exists.

In Your Own Words


  • Refusing to believe that there is anything wrong
  • Lying to yourself.
  • Denying what is obviously true.
  • Trying to ignore all the bad things and saying that they never happened in order to feel okay.


Examples/Functions


  • "I don't have a problem."
  • The giraffe not accepting that he will die in the quick sand ==> www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_Z3lmidmrY.
  • Not being able to accept that the treatment for your illness isn't working because you are afraid of dying.
  • When your wife divorces you, but you keep all of her pictures up in the house because you're convinced she's still coming back.
  • Not believing that you are anorexic, but constantly saying you're only on a diet.
  • People tell you that you're an alcoholic, but you refuse to get the help you need because you don't believe them.
  • "I am NOT an addict!"
  • Refusing to accept the fact that your mother has passed away.
  • You've been cheating on your wife with another woman only to find out the other woman is pregnant; you don't believe its yours and you keep saying "that's not my baby, it can't be" when in reality...it is.
  • Stalkers are in denial that the person they stalk does not know them/love them.
  • A person is faced with the fact that they will die. That is too uncomfortable to accept and they reject it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. This is the first of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' stages of death and dying.
  • People tell you that you have a disease that is not curable, but you refuse to believe them.
  • I am NOT a lesbian! I just happen to like a lot of girls!
  • You don't believe you have a gambling problem, yet you owe $250,000 to various loansharks.
  • Refusing to accept the fact that you drive fast when your constantly getting speeding tickets.

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