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Author Topic:   Choosing to believe
Archer Opteryx
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Message 40 of 90 (397491)
04-26-2007 9:05 AM
Reply to: Message 39 by nator
04-26-2007 8:48 AM

It was, as one time, fairly common for mothers to simply choose to not believe her children when they told her that her husband had been molesting them. Families can remain amazingly inobservant to the reality of mental and physical abuse, mental illness, and substance abuse within their own close circle.
Avoidance of emotional pain is a VERY strong incentive to lie to oneself and to others.
Interesting example. It suggests a connection between denial and what ikabod calls 'the desire of the false to be true.' One first wishes the true to be false.
Would avoidance of pain be far more important as an incentive than desire to see the moose?
Edited by Archer Opterix, : html.

All species are transitional.

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