Uncertainty, unpredictability, ambiguity, doubt… More than the goriest horror movie, these gray area situations can strike fear in heart of many a recovering perfectionist. 😱 As perfectionists, we tend to gravitate toward structure and rules as a way to keep ourselves “safe,” and our preference for certainty can suck us deep into the trap of black and white thinking.
Just like perfectionism is a way of thinking and behaving, of interacting with others and the world, black and white thinking is also a pattern. In today’s episode, we explore the downsides -- and the upsides -- of black and white thinking, where it tends to show up most, and how to stop it from running our lives.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE…
What black and white thinking is all about
How polarized thought patterns impact our actions, relationships, and worldviews
Where black and white thinking tends to show up most for perfectionists, from food and relationships to boundaries and productivity
Why nothing in this world -- including black and white thinking -- is all good or all bad
Our go-to strategies for managing the negative effects of black and white thinking → Hint: Awareness, curiosity, and self-compassion are 🔑.
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