Everybody does it to some degree. It can be a dangerous practice both mentally and physically. There’s the symptoms that you ignore of a health risk because you may be too afraid to go to the doctor and hear that your life has to change. Perhaps your child is causing problems in the community and you’re in a state of mind that your child would not be capable of this. It’s the same when you’re faced with the difficult task of determining if your spouse has cheated on you or is currently cheating on you. There’s the old feelings knocking around in your head about how he’d never do that to ME; he said he’ll always love me forever. We do often live in denial when the thoughts are too painful to face. The plain and simple truth of the matter is that some people are just not capable of a lifetime commitment or do not care to be. So how do you figure out who is a worthy life partner? It’s a tough question to answer and unfortunately one that you usually figure out much later in life. Maybe it’s as simple as the whole “who chases who” in the relationship; if you’re in a relationship where you feel pressured by an aggressive partner, maybe it’s best to back away. These could be early indicators of a psychopathic or sociopathic individual. Why do we insist on turning a blind eye or looking for an exciting relationship with an obvious bad seed? Is it the way we’re raised; perhaps waiting for that knight in shining armour or a thought that we can change that individual? Is it our peers who push our buttons and push our limits of reason? Or the media insistent on only passing along the stories that provide the “shock” and “excitement” that sells stories for the masses? Whatever the reason, denial lives in our very day to day lives; it’s alive and well and living in our most private thoughts.