Denial comes from imagined fears. Let me use an example here. Say 4 people are playing a team event. And the only way to win, is to cooperate. That is the reality. Yet if they can't then they lose. Then the excuses comes, the blame, the denial. That too is another reality. The reality of non cooperation.
Say, the only way to get the first GM is to pull our resources......If that is the reality.....
Like I said earlier, perspective counts. Is the cup half empty or half full? If we are going for GM, is the standard we are trying to achieve of global level? Can we get there faster if we cooperate? Can we get there if we don't? Is the perspective one of Malaysia setting a milestone?
Do we need an opponent in this game, ie the goal, or can we defeat ourselves without any outside help?