The Unhappiness Trap of Black and White Thinking - how to break this self-sabotaging habit


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This episode discusses a cognitive distortion in psychology called "splitting", which is often referred to as "black and white thinking" or "all or nothing thinking". We can think of it as the failure in our thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. It is a common defense mechanism that can lead to anxiety, depression, and extreme negative emotions. Black and white thinking can also harm our relationships, and greatly lower our self esteem. In today's "Pathways to Happiness Podcast" episode, we'll talk about what exactly this means, discuss some examples, and most importantly, go over some effective strategies to eliminate this destructive thinking pattern forever. I hope you find it healing and helpful!
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