Sometimes reality slaps us in the face. Reality arrives, stands before you, grabs you by the throat and shakes you around a bit ..and still you can’t believe it. Can’t absorb it. The reality is just so foreign to everything you’ve ever thought or believed all your life. When that moment comes denial will inevitably be your first response. Anger soon follows … often directed at the person or persons who brought the dangerous, destructive reality to your attention.
Maybe an unexpected cancer diagnosis could illustrate this. First .. Denial. “No. It just can’t be true. Not for me.” Then anger at the doctor who brought you the bad news. I know a doctor who had his nose broken by a patient to whom he broke the devastating news.