Denial functions to protect the ego from things that the individual cannot cope with. While this may save us from anxiety or pain, denial also requires a substantial investment of energy. Because of this, other defenses are also used to keep these unacceptable feelings from consciousness.
In many cases, there might be overwhelming evidence that something is true, yet the person will continue to deny its existence or truth because it is too uncomfortable to face.
Denial can involve a flat out rejection of the existence of a fact or reality. In other cases, it might involve admitting that something is true, but minimizing its importance. Sometimes people will accept reality and the seriousness of the fact, but they will deny their own responsibility and instead blame other people or other outside forces.
Ibn Rushd wrote:I'm an ex-muslim convert. I don't know if there is a difference btw the ex-muslim converts or born muslim apostates. I never paid that much attention.
I put my testimony up on the wiki page: http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Ibn_Rushd_(former_Muslim)
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