"Don't mind me," Gunther says. "I'm not quite as rabid as our friend here wearing the bow tie and glasses, that's all. He's still in denial."
I have read that the concept of denial originated with Freud and that 12-step programs started in 1939. The term also may have gained popular currency in Germany before it did elsewhere.
Still, were ordinary people, non-psychiatrists, really saying "in denial" as early as 1950?
© Peter Rozovsky 2010