The terms DENIAL and UNACCEPTANCE are occasionally used interchangeably, but each word carries a completely different colloquial meaning, and each word carries a different emotional charge.
If you are in denial, you are being blind to the obvious, and perhaps hiding from it. You are victimizing and infantilizing yourself, to shield your psyche against pain or to keep from confronting a problem.
If you are unaccepting, you have chosen not to take what is being offered. You are being proactive -- perhaps to the point of violence or intolerance -- but you are being courageous and not cowardly.
In terms of the two different different polarities, the person in a state of denial is not acknowledging or acting on a problem, while the person in a state of unacceptance sees the fault, wishes to change it, and it being quite courageous.
Followers and fans of The Braintenance Blog, this is a difference worth contemplating. You might even start to change your use of the terms and begin to prefer one over the other.
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Douglas E. Castle
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