Black and white are culturally powerful signifiers. Black & White Thinking reduces the world to binary choices. Black & White Thinking explores perceptions of a habit of thinking in opposites without accepting possibilities of a gray area.
Black and White Thinking, sometimes referred to as dichotomous thinking, is the practice of thinking in terms of “this” or “that.” It often consists of describing an issue in narrow ways, such as “good” and “bad,” “hot” and “cold,” or “day” and “night.” Black & White Thinking is a thought pattern that makes people think in absolutes. It is the tendency to see things in extremes. Things are either all bad or all good. This type of thinking can affect your relationships, career, and even your health. Extreme thoughts often lead to highs followed by lows. Black & White Thinking can also lead to depression because it can be very negative and because the limited perspective it creates can leave you feeling trapped and powerless in life.
As an educator who taught in a special needs school for more than 10 years, I encountered many aspects of Black & White Thinking, and this has always fascinated me on how challenging it makes life around you. This exhibit is a result of my experience with these challenges.
Black & White Thinking runs September 30 – November 10, 2023, at Western Avenue Studios – 5th floor mini-gallery, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA. Reception 4-6 pm, Friday, October 13.
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