The dangers of being in denial

The dangers of being in denial

Tiera Cobbs, Reporter

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Sabre Voice) – What’s a common reaction people have when they make a mistake? They rush right into denial.  

Everyone makes mistakes but it can be very difficult to accept them. In some cases, individuals may want to take care of their image 

You know that it’s hard enough within your own little world to be forced to look weak or flawed. What must it be like when the big world knows you’ve messed up?, said Psychology Today.  

It’s very difficult to open up and let individuals see all of your flaws. Everyone wants to show certain parts of themselves, because they know that people judge one another based on their weaknesses and strengths. They don’t want to show that their lying; instead, individuals would rather act as if they’re not lying and know what they are talking about so their likability can increase. 

Most individuals cannot accept criticism which therefore places them in denial of the truth, but it is better to accept criticism because you can learn from critics, as stated in Psychology Today 

Denial is also a way that people try to protect themselves from the truth of something happening in their lives, as reported by Mayo Clinic. 

 “Refusing to acknowledge that something is wrong is a way of coping with emotional conflict, stress, painful thoughts, threatening information and anxiety,” according to Mayo Clinic.  

In this sense, denial can be a benefit in the short-term because it helps people cope. Although denial of warning signs or things in life that need to be addressed, such as a disease, can cause more issues in the long run.  

To move past denial, Mayo Clinic recommends that people think through their feelings, look at their fears, and think of what may happen if they continue to deny what is in front of them. If unable to do that, they should reach out for mental health help.  

He or she can find healthy ways to cope with the situation rather than trying to pretend it doesn’t exist,” according to Mayo Clinic.