Year : 2015  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 94-

Black & white thinking: A cognitive distortion


Sravanti Sanivarapu 
 Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Erragadda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sravanti Sanivarapu
Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Erragadda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
India




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Sanivarapu S. Black & white thinking: A cognitive distortion.Indian J Psychiatry 2015;57:94-94


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Sanivarapu S. Black & white thinking: A cognitive distortion. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jul 13 ];57:94-94
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Black and white thinking, a cognitive distortion is often come across in persons with depression. The individuals tend to think dichotomously. Extremes of thinking, blinds one from seeing the reality and causes significant distress. The true colors are either masked or glorified in the brightness or darkness of background symbolizing polarized views as depicted in the painting. Things are not always so clear as to be perceived as totally black or white. Appreciating shades of grey brings one closer to the true colours and more often than not to the true colour itself. This eventually helps one to stay connected with reality and at peace with oneself.

- Art by Dr. Sravanti Sanivarapu