Denial

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Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true.wikipedia
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Defence mechanism

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The same word, and also abnegation (Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
In psychoanalytic theory, defence mechanisms (Abwehrmechanismen) are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind to manipulate, deny, or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses and to maintain one's self-schema or other schemas.

Denialism

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In the psychology of human behavior, denialism is a person's choice to deny reality as a way to avoid a psychologically uncomfortable truth.

Minimisation (psychology)

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Minimisation is a type of deception involving denial coupled with rationalisation in situations where complete denial is implausible.

Psychological projection

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Psychological projection is a defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

Sigmund Freud

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The same word, and also abnegation (Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
When overburdened or threatened by its tasks, it may employ defence mechanisms including denial, repression, undoing, rationalization, and displacement.

Kübler-Ross model

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross used denial as the first of five stages in the psychology of a dying patient, and the idea has been extended to include the reactions of survivors to news of a death.
The Kübler-Ross model, or the five stages of grief, postulates a series of emotions experienced by terminally ill patients prior to death, or people who have lost a loved one, wherein the five stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Coping

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Many contemporary psychoanalysts treat denial as the first stage of a coping cycle.
Appraisal-focused strategies occur when the person modifies the way they think, for example: employing denial, or distancing oneself from the problem.

Sublimation (psychology)

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Left out of the conscious mind, the process of sublimation involves a balance of neither quite forgetting nor quite remembering.
Freud considered this psychical operation to be fairly salutary compared to the others that he identified, such as repression, displacement, denial, reaction formation, intellectualisation, and projection.

Abuse

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However, researchers note that in some cases of corroborated child sexual abuse, the victims sometimes make a series of partial confessions and recantations as they struggle with their own denial and the denial of abusers or family members.
Gaslighting is manipulation through persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying in an attempt to destabilize and delegitimize a target.

Gaslighting

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This usually involves gaslighting and victim blaming.
Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's beliefs.

Guilt (emotion)

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Doing this enables that person to avoid feeling a sense of guilt and it can prevent him or her from developing remorse or empathy for others.
Instead, they rationalize their behavior, blame someone else, or deny it outright.

Just-world hypothesis

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Many who use this type of denial will say things such as, "it just happened".
Non-rational strategies include denial, withdrawal, and reinterpretation of the event.

Jennifer Freyd

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Psychologist Jennifer Freyd writes:
Freyd became known for introducing the concept betrayal trauma and establishing the term DARVO.

Psychology

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The same word, and also abnegation (Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.

Psychoanalysis

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The same word, and also abnegation (Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.

Evidence

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The same word, and also abnegation (Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.

True-believer syndrome

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An individual that exhibits such behavior is described as a denialist or true believer.

Moral responsibility

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Substance dependence

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The concept of denial is particularly important to the study of addiction.

Anna Freud

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The theory of denial was first researched seriously by Anna Freud.

Maturity (psychological)

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She classified denial as a mechanism of the immature mind because it conflicts with the ability to learn from and cope with reality.

Rape

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Where denial occurs in mature minds, it is most often associated with death, dying and rape.