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Like any coping strategy, denial has its place: helping us survive tragic moments by lessening the emotional impact of events or experiences. Learning how denial can help or hurt us is especially relevant as we face uncertainty and loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn how to use denial to help you when you are facing tragedy and how to recognize and move past denial when it becomes counterproductive.

Denial is often seen as an inability or unwillingness to face unpleasant or difficult realities--from financial losses, to illnesses like alcoholism, to larger social issues like climate change. In some instances, denial can be detrimental because it can keep you stuck in a cycle of destructive behaviors. However, denial can also be very useful for helping you get through hard times, allowing you to tap into your resiliency for emotional survival.

With great insight and originality, author Holly Parker shows you how to use denial as a buffer in the face of tragedy and how to know when your use of denial has become counterproductive or detrimental. Through a fresh, comforting, and clinically-based perspective, Parker takes the shame out of denial with practical and relatable solutions to uncovering, reframing, and harnessing this very normal coping technique. Hands-on exercises and compelling personal stories help you apply this information to your situation and come to accept your need for denial when it helps, and break through it to face life’s challenges with courage when it hurts.

  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing (July 27, 2016)
  • Length: 220 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781616496654