Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind

Ajit Varki, Danny Brower, evolutionary function of denial. full theory of mind, complex / extended theory of mind.

Elegantly written. Deeply thoughtful. An essential read for a new understanding human behaviour, human society and human nature. This book examines the theory that  the coevolution of denial with full theory of mind was essential for full theory of mind to be evolutionarily viable. The book then examines secondary effects of our cognitive capacity for denial. Unfortunately, the authors do not explore an effect of denial I encounter every day as a therapist: the magificence of this mechanism, denial (as they use the term), to enable us to cope with circumstances that are otherwise unbearable and overwhelming, such as childhood abuse or other circumstances of unrelenting terror. 

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