A Swim in Denial

What we can't think about and how it shapes us.

Kirby Farrell, Ph.D.'s most recent book is Berserk Style in American Culture.


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About A Swim in Denial

We're impossibly conflicted creatures. We're biological animals, but  also symbolic creatures who can conceive of the Higgs boson, the Mona Lisa smile, the yo-yo, and infinity. To keep your mental balance we use denial to manage these creaturely contradictions. Whether it's healthy or toxic, funny or crazy, denial is built into us. It protects us from the undercurrents of terror and insanity that course through life.  We joke about Da Nile to raise our spirits to explore it.Take a paddle and let's put some back into it. 

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