"Always” and “never,” tend to characterize the black and white thinkers. Black and white thinking means seeing the world only in terms of extremes. If things aren’t “perfect,” then they must be “horrible.”
Black and white thinking can be a symptom of multiple mental disorders, including major depression, narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. According to the Depression and Bipolar Alert Alliance, black and white thinking can be highly damaging to self-esteem and is earmarked by negative self-talk in the extreme.
Fight or flight is an instinctual, innate reaction which floods the brain and body with hormones like adrenaline, cortisol and epinephrine, in preparation for surviving a dangerous situation which requires an immediate response.Black and white thinking results from an overly extreme level of emotional arousal to everyday situations, as opposed to life or death ones.
Eradicating Black And White Thinking
Whether you seek outside support or not, there are a number of techniques which may help you eliminate black and white thinking. These include:
Re-Frame Your Thoughts – Black and white thinking is earmarked by immediacy. Try to give yourself the luxury of a few moments of time to take a deep breath and gently challenge your negative thoughts, actions or words.