Denial and the Psychology of Addiction

Rather than simply judging the addict, a more enlightened understanding is emerging. Addiction is, more often, being understood in terms of disease. George Hunter, in his brilliant text The Celtic Way of Evangelism, adds in a key concept, denial, and its role as a defense mechanism: “addicts deny what is obvious to everyone else in their lives. When confronted, addictive personalities deny, minimize, or rationalize their problem, or they live with the illusion that they are “in control.” They become liars in their relations with others, and with themselves; their memories become distorted and like a tornado in the living room, they trigger chaos in the lives of the people who love them.”

-Hunter, George. The Celtic Way of Evangelism. 101

Categories Stormy Issues | Tags: | Posted on December 31, 2009

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