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A psychological defense mechanism initiated by the psyche to temporarily suppress awareness of a deluded self-concept.

Denial may be understood as an attempt to reject unacceptable feelings, needs, thoughts, wishes, or even a painful external reality that alters our perception of ourselves. This psychological defense mechanism protects us temporarily from:
* Knowledge (things we don’t want to know)
* Insight or awareness that threatens our self-esteem; or our mental or physical health; or our security (things we don't want to think about)
* Unacceptable feelings (things we don’t want to feel)

Some of the forms of denial: rationalization, minimizing or discounting, evasion and displacement, exaggerated emotional responses, projection or blaming, intellectualization, repression, rhetorical ploys, and logical fallacies.
"I won't think about that today" was Scarlet O'Hara's use of repression as a form of denial. (from Gone With The Wind)

"I only drink beer, not the hard stuff so it's no big deal" is Joe's use of minimizing as a form of denial.
by sugarb November 18, 2006

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Caledra. A kind hearted woman who is waaay to selfless and cares about others more than herself. She works very hard in everything she does and doesn't give up. Woman who are named caledra are most likely to look younger than their actual age. She loves to annoy the one she loves, but when she does annoy you, you can't help but smile
What should we do without caledra ?
by SUGARB June 16, 2015

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