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Pacific Grove, California www.beaconhouse.org
Denial Management12 Ways We Lie to Ourselves and Others    & What We Can Do To Stop           Shari Corbitt, Psy.D.       ...
Denial is Natural ?! Denial is a normal, even healthy part of life. There is a crucial difference between “healthy” and ...
The 4 Levels of Denial Level 1 Lack of Information Level 2 Conscious Defensiveness Level 3 Unconscious Defensiveness L...
The Big 5 Denial Types   Avoidance (distraction, playing dumb, etc)   Minimization   Absolute Denial   Rationalizing ...
The Little Seven   Democratic Disease State   Flight Into Health   Manipulation   Compliance   Scared Straight   Str...
Final Thoughts Denial is not malingering. Denial cannot be effectively addressed through  arguing, threatening or giving...
Call 800.215.473324 hours a day, 7 days a week   www.beaconhouse.orgThe Beacon House is fully licensed by the State of Cal...
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Denial Management: The Ways We Lie to Ourselves & Others & What We Can Do to Stop

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Denial Management: The Ways We Lie to Ourselves & Others & What We Can Do to Stop

  1. 1. Pacific Grove, California www.beaconhouse.org
  2. 2. Denial Management12 Ways We Lie to Ourselves and Others & What We Can Do To Stop Shari Corbitt, Psy.D. sharicorbitt@gmail.com 310.848.5418
  3. 3. Denial is Natural ?! Denial is a normal, even healthy part of life. There is a crucial difference between “healthy” and maladaptive denial. One allows us to function effectively in the world while the other prevents us from handles life’s problem’s effectively. Maladaptive denial minimizes consequences, obvious to others but not the addict and at times the related family members.
  4. 4. The 4 Levels of Denial Level 1 Lack of Information Level 2 Conscious Defensiveness Level 3 Unconscious Defensiveness Level 4 Delusion
  5. 5. The Big 5 Denial Types Avoidance (distraction, playing dumb, etc) Minimization Absolute Denial Rationalizing Blaming
  6. 6. The Little Seven Democratic Disease State Flight Into Health Manipulation Compliance Scared Straight Strategic Hopelessness Comparing
  7. 7. Final Thoughts Denial is not malingering. Denial cannot be effectively addressed through arguing, threatening or giving ultimatums. Denial is best addressed through joining with the individual through education of the various denial patterns in a group format where shame is minimized. All of us experience denial – whether we experience process addictions and/or substance use disorders or not.
  8. 8. Call 800.215.473324 hours a day, 7 days a week www.beaconhouse.orgThe Beacon House is fully licensed by the State of California and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities The Beacon House is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization

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