Denial is a hallmark of a person who is engaging in an addictive behavioral pattern but who hasn’t accepted that his/her behavior is outside of their control. This psychological defense mechanism allows the person to continue engaging in the behavior in spite of the obvious negative consequences in his/her life. To some extent or another, denial is present in all addictions and allows the individual to distort reality and ignore negative outcomes. (Greenfield, Daivid N., PhD. Virtual Addiction – Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them. pp 23-25. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)

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