Assignment 1: Discussion—Relativistic Thinking: A New Perspective on the World
Children and adolescents tend to engage in so-called “black and white” thinking. In other words, they tend to judge people and situations in dualistic, rather than relativistic, terms. In early adulthood, individuals begin to reason about situations using a more flexible framework that helps them to resolve contradictions between different perspectives.
Describe a situation in which you or someone you know has had to move beyond “black and white” thinking and has been able to develop a more relativistic perspective. Answer the following:
- What was it about the situation that challenged you or the other person to think more relativistically?
- How do you think people begin to respond to others differently once they begin to use relativistic thinking?
Support your arguments with research, citing sources.
Black-and-white thinking or all-or-nothing thinking is the failure in a person’s thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. It is a common defense mechanism implemented by many people (nih.gov, 2016). From my experience, I’ve known individuals who displayed this type of thinking; it was hard for them to truly see the good in their situations. In a prior post, I mentioned how I knew a friend who suffered from black and white thinking. If you guys remember this was the story that I can recall and it has always stuck with me…..Read Full Document