Denial and Adrenaline

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I’m a fan of Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve seen five of his films thus far.  The Green Butchers (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2003) was the first, Adam’s Apples (2005) the latest.  There’s a scene towards the final third of the film where a doctor relates a story about denial and adrenaline to another character.  According to the doctor, he once heard of a futbol (or rugby) player that lost his feet in an accident.  Rather than slither into a pit of despair, he refused to believe his feet were gone.  In fact, the shock of having heard such an idea sent him running on his stumps.  He continued to play futbol but not very well.

How likely is this story to happen in real life?  Adrenaline and the state of physiological agitation can enable a person to do incredible things with more strength and speed.  Denial is also a virulent entity.  Whether a manifestation, symptom of or by-product of a larger issue, it distorts a person’s perception of reality.   True, what constitutes reality vs. fantasy can be subjective to varying degrees.  For instance, the color of the sky or a piece of carpet can be up for debate even if it’s simply a matter of semantics and vernacular.

“You say magenta, I say fuschia.”

Nevertheless, denial seldom leaves its host without having wreaked pungent havoc.  It’s one thing to disregard someone’s disheartening and discouraging criticisms, it’s quite another to block out truth.  The emperor isn’t wearing any clothes.  The team is not going to semi-finals.  You have been cut from the team.

When was the last time you had to plead with or remind someone else that they aren’t seeing what is right in front of their eyes?  When was the last time someone else had to tell you to stop suspending your disbelief?

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