I think Mary was clear in her statements, that it is possible to deny a problem, by just being grateful for all the other good things which exist around the problem.Okay. Please clarify. What in your opinion is being denied?
It reminded me of the story demonstrating that sobriety is not enough, and the alcoholic farmer in Ch. 6 who came out of the cyclone cellar and said - "Don't see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain't it grand the wind stopped blowin'?"
After the line quoted - “I feel endless gratitude lists and so-called positive thinking is just plain denial.” She said - “Do the gratitude lists but more importantly, get honest. Deal with the thing that will make you break down.” It makes more sense when the other two sentences are included.
How is engaging in "endless gratitude lists" to correct a chemical imbalance "just plain denial"?
I am not sure that a recovering alcoholic, should automatically be assumed to be suffering from “a chemical imbalance,” we are talking about alcoholics here, not people suffering from clinical depression, for whom the 'scientific research' has confirmed the daily gratitude lists provides “positive changes.”