Thursday, January 22, 2009
Denial - It's Not a River in Egypt
The Nile River is a long river, in fact, it is generallly regarded as the longest in the world. It represents a very large drainage basin, covering much of North Africa.
Likewise, DE-NIAL can be the drainage basin of your finances if you aren't careful. According to Wikipedia, denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether (simple denial), admit the fact but deny its seriousness (minimisation) or admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility (transference).
So today, many of the people you see around you are in denial about the reality of the Canadian real estate market. They are so uncorfortable with the fact that prices have fallen and are falling further that they outright deny the fact. Sometimes they admit that prices have fallen but minimize the impact that it will have on Canadians or themselves. Sometimes they just admit that prices are falling and that it will have a big impact but walk away from their 3 spec condos.
Yes folks were are in the denial stage. Next stop 'fear' - - I'm scared.