Is there a single word which describes someone who is trying to hide from the truth? For example, when my acquaintance's father died, she went on living and believing that her father was still alive and was on an overseas trip. What is the term for this condition?
In that context it's called denial.
A psychological process by which painful truths are not admitted into an individual's consciousness
In my view "delusion" would be an appropriate word to describe your example.
Aside from the excellent suggestion of denial, other workable terms:
- out of touch
protected by tchrist♦ May 3 '16 at 0:53
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