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States of Denial Stanley Cohen

States of Denial

Stanley Cohen

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ISBN : 9780745616575
Hardcover
360 pages
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Blocking out, turning a blind eye, shutting off, not wanting to know, wearing blinkers, seeing what we want to see, these states of mind are all described as denial. Alcoholics who refuse to recognize their condition, people who brush asideMoreBlocking out, turning a blind eye, shutting off, not wanting to know, wearing blinkers, seeing what we want to see, these states of mind are all described as denial. Alcoholics who refuse to recognize their condition, people who brush aside suspicions of their partners infidelity, the wife who doesnt notice that her husband is abusing their daughter, high HIV risk groups who continue with unsafe sex: are supposedly in denial. Governments deny their responsibility for atrocities - and plan them to achieve maximum deniability. Truth Commissions try to overcome the denial and repression of past horrors. Bystander nations deny their responsibility to intervene. We are bombarded by images - homeless people whom we pass every day or TV sights of decomposing bodies slaughtered in Kosovo - that are impossible to retain in conscious awareness.