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Denial. The Oedipus Rex Final:. Perspectives on. How do I use this slideshow?. Read and take notes on EVERY slide IN ORDER . Answer the questions posed in your notebook. Then complete the assignment given on slides 24-26. See Ms. K. if youre unclear about anything presented here!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Oedipus Rex Final: A Study of Denial

DenialThe Oedipus Rex Final:Perspectives onCreated by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.How do I use this slideshow?Read and take notes on EVERY slide IN ORDER. Answer the questions posed in your notebook. Then complete the assignment given on slides 24-26.

See Ms. K. if youre unclear about anything presented here!Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.Our friend Oedipus spent his life denying his destiny and trying to run from it. This denial is what some say lead to his horrific downfall.

One major theme in Sophocles s classic play is that if Oedipus had only accepted the truth about himself, his life wouldnt have ended so tragically.

Do you agree? Can you identify which of Oedipuss actions were caused by denial and an attempt to escape the truth?

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What am I doing here?For your section final, youll explore this concept of denial and acceptance - in literature, in others, and in yourself.

Again, carefully read each slide in this PowerPoint and carefully follow the instructions. Take notes as you read, answering questions when prompted. These are your essential questions: What is denial? How and why do we use denial? What are the effects of denial on us and others? What is the alternative to denial? What are the effects of acceptance?

Lets begin by defining denial...

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.

What is denial?Denial aint just a river in Egypt!

-Mark Twain

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is denial?Denial is a defense mechanism used when a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept.

The person rejects the situation, insisting it is not true, even when faced with strong evidence that says otherwise. Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is denial?Types of Denial

Denial of factSomeone who is in denial of fact is typically using lies to avoid facts they think may be painful to themselves or others. This lying can take the form of an outright falsehood (commission), leaving out certain details to tailor a story (omission).

Denial of responsibilityThis form of denial involves avoiding personal responsibility by blaming others, justifying their actions, or minimizing the impact of their actions. Someone using denial of responsibility is usually attempting to avoid potential harm or pain by shifting attention away from themselves.

Denial of impactDenial of impact involves a person's avoiding thinking about or understanding the harms of his or her behavior has caused to self or others. Doing this enables that person to avoid feeling a sense of guilt and it can prevent him or her from feeling remorse or empathy for others. Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is denial?Types of Denial cont.

Denial of awarenessPeople using this type of denial will avoid pain and harm by stating they were in a different state of awareness (such as alcohol or drug intoxication or on occasion mental health related).

Denial of cycleMany who use this type of denial will say things such as, "it just happened. Denial of cycle is where a person avoids looking at their decisions leading up to an event or does not consider their pattern of decision making and how harmful behavior is repeated.

DARVODARVO is otherwise known as victim blaming. It is an acronym to describe a common strategy of abusers: Deny the abuse, Attack the victim for attempting to make them accountable for their offense, thereby Reversing Victim and Offender.Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is denial?

Artists interpretation

Denial by E. GibbonsOil On Canvas

What is your initial reaction to this painting? What is the artists message?

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is denial?Musicians interpretation

I Shall BelieveBy Sheryl CrowMusic and Lyrics

For You and Your DenialBy YellowcardMusic and Lyrics

Do you know any other songs about denial? Tell Ms. K.!

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.How do we use denial?Read the first half of the Mayo Clinc article Denial: When it helps, when it hurts. It explains the reasons people use denial.

Have you or a loved one experienced any of these circumstances? Think of at least one example.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What are the effects of denial? Now read the second half of the article. It explains when denial is helpful, as well as when it is harmful.

Have you or a loved one experienced these helpful or harmful situations? Consider how this affected the person in denial and those around him or her.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.Denial in Oedipus RexSo what does this have to do with Oedipus again? Well Oedipus used denial as a defense mechanism to protect him from the truth of his existence. Read one bloggers interesting view on this here.

Do you agree that Oedipuss denial ultimately lead to his doom? How? If you were in his shoes, would you have reacted similarly? How does his denial affect those around him? What might he have done instead?Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.A final thought on denialConsider this:

Do you see denial as being harmful or helpful? Are there things in your life that you dont want to accept? Have you used denial to protect yourself? Are you in denial about anything now? Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is the alternative to denial?The alternative to denial is accepting thetruth.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is acceptance?Acceptance is a persons assent to the reality of a situation.

Acceptance can be difficult, but it is often much less damaging than denial.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is acceptance?What you resist, persists. Carl Jung

Many argue that the only way to overcome adversity is to embrace it. Continuing to resist something that is troubling you will enable you to trouble you longer.

How has something troubled you or a loved one for longer than necessary because it was resisted or denied?Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What is acceptance?Artists interpretation

Unzip the TruthBy Jacob HammondDigital Art

What is your initial reaction to this painting? What is the artists message?

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What is acceptance?Musicians interpretation

This TimeBy Pia Toscano Music and Lyrics

The TruthBy Limp BizkitMusic and LyricsBroken StringsBy James MorrisonMusic and Lyrics

Truth Hurts, but Denial Kills By C-HoopMusic and Lyrics

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What are the effects of acceptance?The truth will set you free.-John 8:32, The Bible (New International Version)

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.What are the effects of acceptance?Read the Huffington Post article The Power of Acceptance.

How can acceptance be powerful?

Follow the authors instructions in his Action: What You Can Do paragraphs. Write your list in your notebook.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.A final thought on acceptanceConsider this:

What truths in your life have been/are difficult to accept?Have you accepted the truth about who you are and the conditions of your life?Are you a person who confronts reality head on or do you find ways to run from the circumstances of your life?

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.Your final assignmentYour assignment is to write and record a short podcast persuading the listener to agree with your perspective on denial and acceptance.

Choose one of the following statements, and create an argument supporting it.

Because it keeps us from the truth and impedes positive change, denial is damaging.Denial is a valuable coping mechanism.Fear often keeps us from accepting certain truths about ourselves; this lack of acceptance is harmful.Accepting the truth about ourselves, our loved ones, and circumstances of life is difficult. There are some things we will never be able to accept.Accepting the truth about ourselves, our loved ones, and circumstances of life is the only path to happiness.

Created by Melissa Kienbaum 5/2012: melissa1.kienbaum@cms.k12.nc.us. All rights reserved.Your final assignmentParameters:You must use evidence from the reading youve done in this section. For instance, you might draw parallels to how Oedipus denial lead to his downfall, or you might tie your ideas to Mike Robbins views on the power of acceptance. You must also give examples from your life experience. Specific examples are