Ep #209: The Trouble with Black and White Thinking

The Design You Podcast with Tobi Fairley | The Trouble with Black and White Thinking

As humans, we love certainty. We love labels, categorizing things, and putting things into boxes, and we do this in a very dualistic way. It’s called black and white thinking. But we get to decide for ourselves exactly what we want to believe, and we can still hold space for people who think differently to us.

Life isn’t black and white. Despite our brains wanting to make things so cut and dry and dualistic, there is a grey area. But being in the grey area requires our brains to expend energy and do a lot of complex thinking, and people intentionally choosing to go to this place. And this week, I’m showing you how to explore the grey.

In this episode, I’m explaining what black and white thinking is, how it shows up in our lives and why it can cause us so many issues. I’m sharing the concept of both/and, some decisions I have made in my life due to black and white thinking, and I’m showing you how to hold two contrasting ideas at the same time.

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What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • Why very little growth happens when we only spend time with like-minded people.
  • The biggest issue with black and white thinking.
  • Why our brains are so adverse to experiencing uncertainty.
  • Some examples of black and white thinking.
  • How a lot of supremacy and superiority thinking comes from black and white thinking.
  • What keeps so many people from changing the world.
  • The negative effects of black and white thinking.
  • Why we have to stay curious and courageous if we want to create change.

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Hi! I'm Tobi

I help creative women (and a few really progressive dudes) design profit-generating, soul-fulfilling businesses that let them own their schedule, upgrade their life and feel more alive than ever!

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