Denial (psychological)

Denial consists of the refusal to accept a past or present reality and is most commonly employed to protect the host from their own negative traits; to protect them from the repeated memories of the negative actions of another or to avoid recognising their own guilt for past actions, thoughts or feelings.

It is a self defence mechanism employed by aspects of the subconscious mind in an attempt to protect emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Denial can be a scary and very sad thing to witness in someone that you love or care about; it is generally very difficult to help someone see the truth and especially for them to truly believe and accept that reality on a long term basis.

People deny responsibility every day for a number of things; but denial itself goes far deeper into the psyche than that. While people in denial generally still have the seed of truth still buried within their heads, they generally cannot believe that it is the truth even when confronted with it. This is due to the mind in effect rewriting or superimposing a more acceptable reality over the original memory.

Even with abject proof of an events occurrence, someone in denial is highly unlikely to fully accept the particular reality that their mind has decided they cannot cope with. They are more likely in that instance to use projection or minimisation or to continue or revert back to being in full blown denial.
Are you in denial about your “ability to give a shit”?

Do you deny your cruel words?
Do you deny that you are selfish?
Do you deny that you are shallow?
Do you deny that you lied to me about love?
Do you deny any blame for your own actions?
Do you deny guilt for cheating with your mind?
Do you deny that you chose to go back there of all places just after my birthday to spite me and therefore met him out of your own negativity, selfishness and transference of trust issues?
Do you deny that the only person you will ever really care about is yourself?

by sandy28 May 12, 2010
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The psychological shadow of dishonesty, it is the willing exchange of the truth for a lie, because the lie is more palatable.
Those in denial can concoct even the strangest of fictions, but the Truth is stranger than Fiction; for we have made the Fiction to suit ourselves.
by WhatYouThinkVWhatYouKnow June 24, 2013
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An acronym that stands for Don't Even (K)Now I Am Lying, as when a person is so self-deceived that they totally believe their own falsehoods.
You keep telling me you can drink and drive, but after running over that skateboarder I think it is time for you to admit you have been in denial.
by Linguistic September 15, 2016
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1: refusal to admit the truth or reality (as of a statement or charge) 2: assertion that an allegation is false
Some dude told me I was fat…I know I’m chunky…but I didn’t think I was that bad off
by MD June 4, 2004
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What you are accused of being in when whenever you contradict a baseless claim made by an idiot who couldn't otherwise win a debate against a Cheeto.
You: I'm not sure I agree with President Obama's position on the White Sox. I'm more of a Yankees fan.

Idiot: RACIST! The only reason you don't support his team is because HE'S BLACK!

You: Uh, what? I'm not a racist. I'm just not a White Sox guy.

Idiot: Ah...a racist in denial. Why don't you just admit it?

You: Look, I was adopted and raised by black parents. I have two brothers who are black. I love my family. Hell, most of the girls I've dated have been black. I spent three years in Kenya building water treatment facilities for black villagers. I am NOT a racist.

Idiot: Typical. 'Some of my best friends are black.' Yeah, right. You racist piece of crap. Maybe if you weren't in denial about it, I'd believe you.

You: Uh, what...?
by 3TX February 1, 2011
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The first sign that you are a Trekkie. Trekkie
I know I'm not a Trekkie...if you chose to call me one, I can't change your mind. I've been trying for months now and nothing works.
by Amy F August 30, 2003
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failure to acknowledge an unacceptable truth or emotion or to admit it into consciousness, used as a defense mechanism
Andrea: Chloe, you're a paintbrush irl!!

Chloe: What no! I'm not a paintbrush irl!
Zoe: waba laba ding dong (you're in denial)
by Doodoo J December 26, 2022
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