BLUFWhen 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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References from the Web:
- JAN 2020 How Black and White Thinking Hurts You (and What You Can Do to Change It)-Healthline
- OCT 2021 Black and White Thinking-WebMD