Denial is a Symptom of Guilt
Feeling Awake is a symptom of dreaming
Most dreamers feel awake. The words “I am awake” mean absolutely nothing.
If you want me to believe you are awake, first convince me I am not dreaming. If you can’t prove to me that I am real, why should I believe that you are real?
Furthermore, my insistence that you are dreaming could easily be a symptom of your anxiety dream about not being awake.