As a modern colloquialism, being “in denial” is commonly misused even by professional psychologists. These days everyone is in denial about something. Don’t agree? Try to deny it in front of your friends and watch them start counting! Sigmund Freud defied denial as a defense mechanism against external realities that are unbearable for the ego; it is a protective defense against horrible news that just cannot be absorbed by our consciousness. Denial distorts reality in order to keep us from feeling hurt and uncomfortable in the face of something we really don’t want to see or understand.
However, when we use this term the distinctions between “denial” as an unconscious psychological state and “denial” as a refusal to admit a problem or a manipulation tactic are not always made. Most of us want everything to be always fine and will resort to all kinds of behaviours to suppress inner distress and discomfort. Also, disturbed characters, such as drug addicts, frequently engage in denial by lying about their addiction or refusing to discuss the subject.
Recent psychological studies suggest that the ability to turn a blind eye is not all bad: it is in fact important to forming and maintaining close relationships. People use the same trick to both ignore an annoying problem in their household and to bear with everyday human betrayal and dishonesty. Thus denial, as one of the highly evolved human abilities, provides foundation for – believe it or not – forgiveness. If you look at it this way, in order to learn forgiveness you really have to secure yourself a quiet place at the back of your conscious where no one will have access to; a place for you to unwind and unmask where you can drown your worries in a salty sand of bustle oblivion.
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Alexander / Dec 28th
If I'm not using the image for profit than that makes it noncommercial correct? I would not have to obtain a commercial license if I solely just upload it to Youtube. Please get back to me soon as soon as you can. I intend on uploading the video...
Luckano / Canada / Feb 10th
I’m a fan of Salvador Dali, Scott Mutter, and some of the other greats that span the genre’s of art. I particularly like fantasy and gothic art as well which, seem to have a place in your art.
Josh / United States / May 14th
Dear George, we spoke several months ago in regards to myself using some of your amazing illustrations, I never got around to doing so, but may I ask...I have just finished producing a production music album (music for background TV programmes)
Juan / Dec 27th
a friend of mine came up with this sentence which reminds me of ur work one can get lost on it for what seems like eternity .... puzzle of a stormy duality!
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linda mayson / United Kingdom / Mar 27th
This picture makes me want to paint... Of course, you didn't paint this... But the colors are so awesome... I tend to be a black and white kinda person. Colors throw me off.
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