Denial Management: The Ways We Lie to Ourselves & Others & What We Can Do to Stop
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Denial Management12 Ways We Lie to Ourselves and Others & What We Can Do To Stop Shari Corbitt, Psy.D. firstname.lastname@example.org 310.848.5418
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.
The 4 Levels of Denial Level 1 Lack of Information Level 2 Conscious Defensiveness Level 3 Unconscious Defensiveness Level 4 Delusion
The Big 5 Denial Types Avoidance (distraction, playing dumb, etc) Minimization Absolute Denial Rationalizing Blaming
The Little Seven Democratic Disease State Flight Into Health Manipulation Compliance Scared Straight Strategic Hopelessness Comparing
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.
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