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There are two meanings of the term self-denial.
The first is common, literal sense; the act of refusing to recognize unpleasant facts even when presented by one's self. This concept has been suggested to be involved in the development and maintenance of various psychopathological conditionsTemplate:Better source, and is generally understood to be a mental process with negative implications..This can be a particular form of the psychological defence of denial
A separate, traditional meaning (also called self-abnegation and self-sacrifice) refers to altruistic abstinence - the willingness to forego personal pleasures or undergo personal trials in the pursuit of the increased good of another. Various religions and cultures take differing views of self-denial, some considering it a positive trait and others considering it a negative one. According to some Christians, self-denial is considered a superhuman virtue only obtainable through Jesus. Some critics of self-denial suggest that self-denial can lead to self-hatred and claim that the self-denial practiced in Judaism has created self-hating Jews.
- ↑ self-denial - Wiktionary. Wikimedia. URL accessed on 22 March 2013.
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- ↑ Arthur I. Waskow (1991). Seasons of our Joy: A Modern Guide to the Jewish Holidays, Boston: Beacon Press. URL accessed September 2, 2011.
- ↑ Tina Besley; Michael A. Peters (2007). Subjectivity & Truth: Foucault, Education, and the Culture of Self, New York: Peter Lang. URL accessed September 2, 2011.
- ↑ Brian Stewart Hook; Russell R. Reno (2000). Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence, Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press. URL accessed September 2, 2011.
- ↑ David Jan Sorkin (1999). The Transformation of German Jewry, 1780-1840, Detroit: Wayne State University Press. URL accessed September 2, 2011.