By Nora Simone
I was recently asked by a publisher for a black and white photo. “My black and white icon wouldn’t do” I was told. “People want to see the real you.”
What? The real me is not black and white. In a monochromatic world there would of course be a lot of grey (or gray) – perhaps mostly so but even then – there is a lot more color to this human chameleon.
I am not restricted to a black and white view of life so…..I had few BW photos to choose from. Lucky to have had this one in my apron pocket taken just a few months ago.
The exercise got me thinking….. What does it mean to think in “black and white”?
So here is a thought…….Black and white thinking is a thought pattern that makes people think in absolutes. For instance, you may think you are either always right or the world’s biggest failure.
Psychologists consider this thought pattern to be a cognitive distortion because it keeps you from seeing life the way it really is: complex, uncertain, and constantly changing.
Repeat: “Black and white thinking keeps you from seeing life the way it really is……”
Photo by Diane Crow Atlanta, GA
Thanks to Cristy Garcia, my quetzal bird inspiration.