This workbook accompanies Treating Nonoffending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Connections for Family Safety. It features many useful checklists, illustrative diagrams, and spaces to record thoughts and feelings as the client works through the process.
Chapter 2: Denial in Family Members
Denial in Family Members
What is denial? Denial is a defense mechanism, which means that it is a way of protecting yourself from something that is difficult to accept. We all use defense mechanisms to keep away painful feelings and to avoid situations that cause us anxiety or make us uneasy. We make excuses to convince ourselves that we are right. We ignore problems that are confusing or difficult, hoping they will magically go away. When we use denial as a defense mechanism, we are trying to avoid seeing the reality that is usually obvious to others. Denial is our way of fooling ourselves when the truth is too painful, too embarrassing, or too threatening to accept.
It may be that when you ...