The denial in psychology is a choice to deny facts to avoid or minimize the psychologically uncomfortable truths. The psychoanalytic theory calls it a defense mechanism that says that it hurts when a person confronts a painful event.
Regretful to accept, they reject it to satisfy them that it is not correct when there is significant evidence to prove them wrong. And they have little to no proof of their choice.
Pakistani denial is the collective unconscious of a nation that daydreams. Still, when they wake up, their situations become worst, and this the topic that I will talk about in this and upcoming posts until and unless it seems that whatever I have to say is finished. There is no need for further writing.
As a Pakistani writer, I am also confronted with the conflicting facts and realities that exposes itself daily. However, this pandemic taught me many lessons that will further investigate this psychological concept in later years.
I hope this series will help you see the facts and avoid denials’ traps to ruin your mental and physical health, inner peace, and prosperity. In this introductory post, I will try to tell you about the ways first to find, then accept, and after that try to avoid the psychological traps that blind your mind to think and act freely.
Whenever you are in denial, it tells something about you. Either you are emotionally attached to the rejection of fact, or secondary activities psychologically sidetrack you. Whenever you are faced with unbearable circumstances, remember that you are not the first going through these situations; many people are going through the same conditions in their lives as you are.
Acceptance is the first step towards diagnosis; the second step is the cure, and the third one is the precaution that you do not trap yourself in this damaging and destructive behavior.
If you are not the victim of this behavior, then it is evident that you can spread the words of hope and not being caught in the destructiveness of this mindset in the first place. What can you do for this denial?
Ask experts what they say about the issue is mostly the right thing for you to follow. It is easy to deny or reject the fact, but if you want to manage the risk factors, then it is apparent that you must support the expert opinions because you have no other choice.
It is more than enough to save yourself from harm, and your life and career depend on it. You may have listened to people who are denying the facts and eventually become prey to these scams.
It is human nature and psyche that out of curiosity or by default searching instincts search for the relevant information since its birth to death to see the difference and survive the complex information in the time of crisis and hard work.
During this pandemic, I have learned that if you want to live your life peacefully, then don’t try to argue with the people who don’t know about the topic. Ask only relevant questions from experts in any field.
If the issue or crisis is about health, ask health care professionals. If it is about academics, ask people who are in the area of academics. No matter whatever the information maybe follow the advice of experts, others are just time-wasting hobby.
The ancient proverb is valid here that lets the person know to deal with the situation according to her knowledge, expertise, and skills. If you are an expert and your research, say something shares it; if you are not, don’t give yourself the blow of death and destructiveness because life is precious and given once, so act consciously. Little knowledge is dangerous.
Let me tell you this: experts are not supposed to hide their knowledge, research, and experience in crisis times because they can save many lives, careers, and families from elimination.
It frustrates me when I see that limelight media, either print or electronic, presents and claims sensational information for their ratings. While ignoring the fact that society needs responsible reporting, their purpose is entertaining and providing accurate information that will help the public protect themselves and others to prevent the harms of health, academics, research, and developmental misinformation. That will serve them and let them help each other to provide awareness and education.
In the next blog following, I will discuss denying the Pakistani nation’s basic facts. The first step for the higher and united Pakistan is to accept, diagnose, and cure to be in the next level of countries where we head to growth and development, rather than stagnation and destruction. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comment section below. See you next time. Take care.