For quite a while now, I’ve been taking notice of my black-and-white thinking patterns. Especially when it comes to housework. I get so overwhelmed, and then I tell myself I don’t have to do it all right now. I can do it in stages – a little bit at a time. It’ll still get done. This helps a lot. Right now, I’m chipping away at our laundry. We were without a dryer for the first time in twenty years and just recently got a used one. The laundry had piled up while I was going to the laundromat. I’m getting it caught up slowly but surely. This is just one area of my life where I’ve noticed my black-and-white thinking. There are many other times that I’ve noticed myself doing all-or-nothing thinking. But once I notice it, I can do something about it.
Have you noticed yourself doing black-and-white or all-or-nothing thinking? Have you made any progress in that area? What have you done to make progress? Please share in the Comments below. Till next time,
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: