When applied to health, black-and-white thinking can mean thinking of oneself as either perfectly healthy or deathly ill—which might not be the case; therefore, we need to question and analyse our thoughts rather than just accepting them as the truth.


Brittney Chesworth writing in Psychology Today, makes the following points:
  • Automatic thoughts come spontaneously and constantly, perhaps thousands a day.
  • Accepting them uncritically is easy, often leading to cognitive distortions and unhelpful feelings and behaviours.
  • Health anxiety can come from a trigger that may lead to an inaccurate interpretation.


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