Unfortunately, for some of us, living in denial becomes a permanent fixture. For a short while, not thinking about anything can bring us peace, but there will always come a time where we need to accept and deal with things, that’s life. But what happens when someone permanently lives in denial?
People living in denial will always have tendencies to isolate and cut themselves off emotionally from family and friends, from issues that continue to need their attention. Anything or everything that needs to be addressed will be left on the back burner.
But being in denial doesn’t mean those issues will go away. All issues will remain whilst they’re not being dealt with. Issues don’t stop because we choose not to address them. Being in denial is fine when it doesn’t affect anyone else, but that’s not always the case. Some issues that aren’t being addressed, may also have an affect on family too.
Living in denial will always show others a different side to how we cope and although others may empathise to a certain extent, they may also become frustrated that nothing is being addressed or dealt with, particularly if those issues begin to concern them too.
In the longer term, extended family may choose to walk away. They will always have that option, but for immediate family that’s not so easy to do.