January 14, 2015
By Terence T. Gorski
Author (The Books of Terence T. Gorski)
Black and white thinking, also known as all-or-nothing thinking, is the failure to bring together both positive and negative qualities of the self, other people, and the world into a cohesive and realistic whole.
It is a common defense mechanism used by many people that allows them to lock onto one aspect of things while blocking out others. This can make the world appear more manageable and comprehensible.
In reality, apparent opposites often live together in the real real world. Here are some examples.
The world is both …
– Good and evil;
– Loving and cruel;
– Safe and dangerous;
– Understandable and incomprehensible.
In reality, it is all of these things and much more all at the same time. What we see depends upon where we look and what point of view we choose to take.
Never underestimate our ability to lock onto to some things and block out other things based upon our belief in the truth.
It provides great comfort to shrink the world into something small and manageable. This can work in times of great stability. During times of great and radical change it is important to be able to view reality as it is, not as we would like it to be.
Read more about how black and white thinking can hurt us and what we can do about it.
Learn more about Cognitive Restructuring for Addiction. This is practical workbook and guide making cognitive restructuring tools readily available to both therapists and recovering people.
The Books of Terence T. Gorski)
August 18, 2014
By Terence T. Gorski, Author
In the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) the alcoholic was thought to have a physical allergy to alcohol which caused their Alcoholism. I was recently asked about this and I thought I would share my answer.
The idea that an alcoholic has an allergy to alcohol is more of a metaphor than a statement of medical fact.
There is no doubt that alcoholics have an abnormal response to using alcohol, but technically it is not an allergic response.
Recent brain research suggests that this abnormal response to alcohol is an addictive brain response caused by a disruption in the pleasure or reward centers of the brain. This creates an intense sense of euphoria when using and a state of agitated depression when abstinent. This reinforces reinforces continued use.
As the brain develops tolerance for the alcohol it takes higher doses to feel the euphoria so the quantity of drinking in increases. This creates a pattern of compulsive use described in AA literature as a loss of control.
The metaphor of an allergy to alcohol is easier to understand for a newly sober person than the idea of an addictive brain response, so the metaphor is still useful.
It seems that people who become addicted to other mood altering drugs, including alcohol, have a similar addictive brain response to their drug of choice. I describe this in detail my book Straight Talk About Addiction: http://www.relapse.org/custom/cart/edit.asp?p=154773
I also have a book based upon Father Martin’s interpretation of the 12-Steps that I wrote as a result of our time spent together designing the Relapse Prevention Program for Father Martin’s Ashley.
I developed a two day workshop for addiction professionals on understanding the twelve steps in a way that could be easily related to cognitive therapy. This workshop was based primarily upon what I learned from Father Martin as he explained his understanding of the Twelve Steps to me. The edited transcription of this workshop was published as the book Understanding The Twelve Steps: http://www.relapse.org/custom/list.asp?c=37332&pageid=62383
January 12, 2014
I am frequently asked about how many books I have published. In the past I had to say that I honestly didn’t know. I felt dumb every time I gave that answer. As an author I should know how many books and book chapter’s have been published. The truth is that I never kept count. Then yesterday I came a big surprise.
Today the great internet god poured a blessing down upon my head — actually it was printed on my computer screen. I accidentally found a website named www.ranker.com. I typed my name and there they all were — 27 books, in the order of popularity as measured by sales.
Ranker: Gorski Books
Here is a
A BIG THANK YOU
to everyone who enjoys and uses my work.
Your support allows me to do even more.