April 12, 2021

How to Go from Black-and-White Thinking to Seeing the Gray | Episode 103

How to Go from Black-and-White Thinking to Seeing the Gray | Episode 103

We have to slow down, breathe and get out of fight-or-flight mode to be able to see the gray, here's how.


Most people in recovery have or have had lives filled with chaos on dysfunction. When we're surrounded by chaos, we're frequently "activated" as if on alert, which means it's hard to think clearly. One of the ways our thinking gets distorted is that we see things only in stark contrast - like the stark contrast between the colors black and white. In order to be able to see and experiences the nuances of life (the gray area) we have to slow down, stop dissociating and  become calm. Reaching out to others to get feedback on our perspective is also helpful. Learn more in this episode.

You might also find these episodes helpful:
#8 Learning to Pause
#9 Reaching Out to Others
BONUS episode: What to Do When You're Triggered (between ep # 93 and #94)

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