Useful Lies : The Twisted Rationality of Denial

  • Jörg Friedrichs
  • Published 2014
Denial, or the habit of treating a real problem as if it were a nonissue, has both rational and irrational features. The interplay between these is best captured by a utilitarian-rationalist framework stretched to its limits. When in denial, people follow what they feel to be in their best interest by minimizing the psychosocial cost of acknowledging their… CONTINUE READING