Thursday, June 24, 2010


...people see everything in black and white.  It is either right or wrong.  There are no shades of gray.  Either it is or it is not.  I have had students who have approached life this way.  They want to consider everything as absolutes.  When I offer two or three different theories or opinions on a topic they cannot grasp the meanings.  Their hands will shoot up followed by the question, "Well. Which way is it?  Which way is right?  Which way do I have to learn so I can pass the test?" I try to explain that there are normally many theorists on any given topic and it is important to learn how many scholars think about things. Most of the time they simply roll their eyes and sigh finding out that life is not an exact science. Life is not black or white.  I actually looked this up in the DSM and found out that it is symptomatic of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Nice to know it has a name.  Maybe the next time someone does not agree with the shades of gray definition I can suggest that they discuss it with their therapist.

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