Denial is convincing yourself something either exists when it doesn't exist or doesn't exist when it does exist. Most people are very good at this by about five years old. We adults don't even know that they're doing it. Denial is a coping mechanism that helps us get through life ignoring the truth is what it is therefore our worldview can remain intact and we can blame everything else for why we have not accomplished what we wanedt to. "If only mother hadn't had the accident" or "I had to go to the paper route managment conference". BS!