Splitting (psychology)  

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Splitting (also called all-or-nothing thinking in cognitive distortion) may mean two things: splitting of the mind, and splitting of mental concepts (or black and white thinking). The latter is thinking purely in extremes (e.g., good versus bad, powerful versus defenseless, and so on), and as such can be seen as a developmental stage and as a defence mechanism. In psychoanalysis, there are the concepts of splitting of the self as well as splitting of the ego.

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