All or Nothing Thinking

Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW
Individual, Couples & Family Therapy
IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor
Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Posted by: Alex Robboy
CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.
267-324-9564

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia:

"All or Nothing Thinking" "All or nothing thinking" is commonly referred to as “black and white thinking.” This type of thinking is unrealistic, and limiting. "All or nothing thinking" limits a person’s ability to see the big picture, and forces them to make a choice between two extremes.

"All- or- nothing thinking" relates to the theme of perfectionism. Something is either perfect or it is a failure.

Examples of "all or nothing thinking":

* I was bad and ate two pieces of cake. I really blew it. I am now a failure so I might as well eat the whole cake. 
* I do not have time to go to the gym every day, so I might as well not go at all.
* I looked at porn for five minutes. My boss would fire me for looking online at work, thus I might as well enjoy it and let myself fully go into the trance.
* I spent too much money.  I must be awful. I better keep on shopping to make myself feel better.

Does the label of "all or nothing thinking" fit you? Most people who suffer from an eating disorder, sex addiction, shopping addiction, relationship addiction, alcohol addiction think this way. If you find yourself falling into this trap, you might benefit from taking the steps to change’ the all or nothing thinking’. Just because you began falling into the old pattern(s) does not mean that you have to continue.  Sometimes the recognition that you have the power to choose the next set of behaviors you engage in, is enough.  If you can not stop on your own, you may benefit from working with a therapist who can help you identify how, when and where you are engaging in this type of thought process.  Therapists who have a strong background in addiction work can help you develop other thought processes that will be more effective in helping you achieve your goal.

If this description fits you, and you are interested in changing this type of thought process, schedule an appointment with Therapy in Philadelphia.