Unfortunately, living in denial may become a permanent fixture. For short periods, not thinking about anything can bring us peace, but there will always come a time where we need to accept and deal with things. But what happens when we live in denial indefinitely?
Living in denial may mean we have tendencies to isolate and cut ourselves off emotionally from family and friends, from issues that continue to need attention, but being in denial doesn’t mean issues go away.
Issues remain whilst they’re not being dealt with. Being in denial is fine in the short-term when it doesn’t affect anyone else, but some issues not being addressed directly, may also have an affect on family too.
Living in denial may 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, particularly if those issues concern them too.
In the longer term, extended family may choose to walk away. For immediate family that’s not so easy to do.