The other night, I noticed I was having an episode of black-and-white thinking. I had a headache and was wondering if I should take something for it. The dentist had given me a prescription for Tylenol 3 with Codeine for any possible pain I may have from having a few teeth extracted. My mouth wasn’t too sore, but combined with the headache and I really needed to get some sleep, I thought that maybe I should try something. Should I take the Tylenol 3 or just try to get to sleep without it?
Then I remembered that we did have some other Tylenol in the house that didn’t have Codeine in it. It didn’t have to be all-or-nothing, either take the Tylenol 3 or don’t take anything. The other Tylenol was Ultra Tylenol, Migraine-Strength with my husband takes for his occasional migraines which works for him, so I decided to take that.
Such a simple thing, but one of many things that come up in daily life where we may have black-and white, all-or-nothing thinking.
What examples do you have of black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking? What did you do in the situation? Please comment below!
I have just changed my Profile Picture. It is now black-and-white, morphing into colour. I have also added a line to my “About Me” Page. It reads: “I would like to see things less in black-and-white, and more in lots of colours.” What do you think? Do you like the new pic? What do you think of the “black-and-white to colour” analogy? Please comment below!
Another excellent post by Debbie Corso of HealingFromBPD.org:
Includes a video. Possible TRIGGER WARNING.
A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder describes what it’s like to struggle with the difficulties of black and white thinking and how she deals with it every day. Her husband’s view, The Black and White Thinking of Borderline Personality Disorder, follows.
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A BPD sufferer’s husband tells what it’s like to live with a wife with Borderline Personality Disorder:
Becky Oberg from More Than Borderline talks about the “black-and-white” thinking of people with BPD and how it can present itself in our everyday lives, and how to learn to see the gray.
From BPD Central. This article describes the hallmarks of Borderline Personality Disorder, with some great examples to illustrate.
fed up of the crazy
People like me struggle with regulating emotions, it is like being on a roller coaster you can not stop. People around you get wip lash from the swing and they often complain … but then fail to fully comprehend the internal chaos that I am going through.
For me, emotion is/was either neutral – not being happy or sad, to overpowering crazy anger that was unstoppable. My internal chaos meant that I would bottle things up and get angry at something some one did or said, until I would explode at my husband sometimes without warning.
From normal me, to super bitch me in 5 seconds is not that easy to keep up with.
Once you are stuck in emotion mind, the intense anger would spiral. I would use that as a way to make myself feel guilty, and worthless and so I would get even more angry. I would…
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Social Behavioral Patterns--How to Understand Culture and Behaviors
I know that you believe the things you are seeing and hearing are true representations of reality that contributes meaning to behavior observed in others and situations. In fact, if someone questioned the validity of the events and things happening within the context of immediate relationship, family, or social interaction, you would probably would not accept it and most likely would believe the questions would appear out of character. To suggest that there is a large gap in meaning of events that you do not understand between appearance and reality would not seem possible. However, consider for a moment the possibility that there are things not understood that you do not know about pointing to an incomprehensible pervasive pattern of behavior consistent with a personality disorder. There is no doubt that a important issue to consider is how little that most people actually know about mental health and personality disorders…
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An in-depth article by Catherine Taylor on Borderline Personality Disorder and her personal struggle with it. Please read:
People with Borderline Personality Disorder see everything in black or white. We have trouble seeing shades of gray. Does anyone here “make things fit” so they can be either black or white, because it has to make sense to you that way? I’m very interested to hear what everyone has to say.