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Denial

Denial is a normal and natural psychological defense that has both benefits and
disadvantages. The benefit is that it temporary removes the pain caused by consciously
confronting a serious problem and creates the illusion that the problem is being
solved. The biggest disadvantage of denial is that it blocks recognition & problem
solving.

Levels of Denial

1. Lack of Information
Wrong information about addiction and recovery
2. Conscious Defensiveness
Knowledge that something is wrong but refusal to face the pain of knowing
3. Unconscious Defensiveness
Automatic evasion and distortion that guards against severe pain and
helplessness
4. Delusion
Deeply entrenched mistaken beliefs held in spite of overwhelming evidence
that they are not true

Denial as a Part of the Human Condition

Denial is a normal and natural part of the human condition that is related to our need to
search for the truth about what is happening to us in spite of our tendency to make
mistakes and lie to ourselves about our mistakes in order to avoid pain.

Once we convince ourselves that our lies that are in fact true, we start believing our own
lies. Then we tend to become deceptive and can start lying to others whether we mean to
or not. To avoid this, we need to develop personal and social systems for finding the
truth while protecting ourselves from self-deception and the lies of others.

Principle of Denial

Denial is the natural tendency to avoid the pain that is caused by thinking and talking
about serious problems. This pain is avoided by using a set of automatic and unconscious
thoughts, feelings, and actions that keep us from thinking and talking about our
problems. Denial is a normal psychological defense that has both benefits and
disadvantages. The major benefit of using denial is that it allows us to avoid feeling the
pain caused by serious or overwhelming problems. The major disadvantage is that it
prevents us from seeing what is really going on and effectively managing our problems.