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Denial

blankMaintains the "status quo" and an image of strength. Fear of failing, being cast aside or seen as inadequate may cause denial. A failure to accept responsibility. Refusal to accept reality.

Denial is one of our armoury of defence mechanisms. Gross (1992) described denial as "refusing to acknowledge certain aspects of reality, refusing to perceive something because it is so painful or distressing".

This person feels safer in an environment that they understand and strives to maintain it even in the face of serious problems and failures.

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