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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %YESNOIA NARROW EXCLUSIVE EXTREMIST EITHER/OR+971028 %PARANOIA FEAR ANXIETY REPRESSION 971028 "Either/or" thinking is manifested in far more than two ways. There is a full spectrum of ways in which "either/or" thinking is manifested and pointed to. Consider the following pairs of words: Yes vs No Either vs Or Wrong vs Right Left vs Right Heresy vs Duty Failure vs Success Hell vs Heaven Devil vs God Evil vs Good Chaos vs Perfection Chaos vs Order Proscribed vs Prescribed Taboo vs Required Black vs White Damnation vs Salvation Excluded vs Included Exclusive vs Inclusive Out vs In Them vs Us Enemy vs Friend Traitor vs Hero Loser vs Winner False vs True Shame vs Honor Guilt vs Celebrity Trash vs Perfection Fearful vs Confident Defensive vs Secure Tense vs Relaxed Contentious vs Peaceful Restless vs Restful Deceptive vs Truthful Misleading vs Honest Secretive vs Revealing Corrupt vs Pure Earthly vs Spiritual Flesh vs Spirit Sinful vs Righteous Alienated vs Reconciled Excommunication vs Dialogue Rejection vs Welcome Contentious vs Cooperative Conflict vs Collaboration Tragedy vs Communion Dispersion vs Community Individualistic vs Communal Separated vs Together Suspicious vs Intimate Confusion vs Clarity Chaos vs Order Undisciplined vs Obedient Rebellious vs Conformal People whose lives are dominated by "either/or" thinking in terms of such contrasting pairs of words are prone to draw sharp lines which divide people into opposite sides of lines, or into people gathered at extreme ends of lines. They are prone to analyze all situations into mutually exclusive alternatives --- and to exclude from dialogue those people who do not take sides as they do. Such people promote both personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================