Black-or-white (all-or-nothing) thinking

Black-or-white (all-or-nothing) thinking is also referred to as Dichotomous Thinking. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) refers to a type of cognitive distortion or twisted thinking pattern in which things are viewed as all good or all bad. Anything perceived as less than "perfect" is experienced as total failure. In the context of an eating disorder, patients experience food, weight and appearance in extreme terms.  A primary treatment goal is helping patients identify and learn how to live free from this triggering thought process. 

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