Delusion is a false belief that is held despite evidence to the contrary. It is often associated with mental illness, such as schizophrenia. Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person refuses to accept reality or facts. It is often used to avoid facing difficult situations or emotions.
People become delusional and deny reality when they are unable to cope with the truth of a situation. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as mental illness, trauma, or substance abuse. Denial can also be a defense mechanism used to protect oneself from the pain of a difficult situation.
Examples of delusions and denial in parental alienation
* Believing that the other parent is dangerous or evil
* Believing that the other parent is trying to harm the child
* Believing that the other parent is not capable of providing love and care
* Refusing to acknowledge the other parent’s positive qualities
* Refusing to accept that the other parent is capable of providing love and care
* Refusing to accept that the other parent has a right to be involved in the child
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