What Does Denial Mean?


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Denial means declining or refusing to do something or accept something. It is the act where a person does not comply with a request. Denial in psychology is also the name of a defense mechanism. People generally use it to block out pain and bad memories or facts. This happens when the brain refuses to acknowledge disagreeable realities at a conscious or unconscious level. It is done to save oneself from emotional distress.

This theory was first seriously considered and researched by Anna Freud. It is easy to verify denial unless other defense mechanisms like repression. There are different types of denial like Denial of fact, Denial of responsibility, Denial of impact, Denial of awareness, Denial of cycle and Denial of denial. It is a very common defense mechanism and most of the people at some point or other seek refuge in denial but when that state prolongs it becomes a dangerous situation.

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