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Episode from the podcastPathways to Happiness with Nena Lavonne

The Unhappiness Trap of Black and White Thinking - how to break this self-sabotaging habit

Released Saturday, 10th July 2021
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This episode discusses a cognitive distortion in psychology called "splitting", which is often referred to as "black and white thinking" or "all or nothing thinking". We can think of it as the failure in our thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. It is a common defense mechanism that can lead to anxiety, depression, and extreme negative emotions. Black and white thinking can also harm our relationships, and greatly lower our self esteem. In today's "Pathways to Happiness Podcast" episode, we'll talk about what exactly this means, discuss some examples, and most importantly, go over some effective strategies to eliminate this destructive thinking pattern forever. I hope you find it healing and helpful!

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✧ Nena Lavonne is a certified life coach, author, and motivational speaker with a background in developmental and personality psychology who specializes in self development.  Nothing brings her more happiness than helping others lead more meaningful, joyful, and fulfilling lives.  Nena also has a weekly podcast called "Pathways To Happiness" which is available on multiple platforms.