(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
When you have a delusion, you have a mistaken impression about something. You don t have the facts right. You are incorrect.
When you are in denial, you also have a false impression about something but there is an added energy present in denial. At some level, conscious or unconscious, you know what the truth is but find it too uncomfortable to acknowledge. You refuse to see it.
Correcting a condition of denial may take work and outside help.
You can correct a delusion by simply looking at the facts.
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