1DT or One-Dimensional Thinking is a process based upon the idea that most questions have only a yes/no, good/bad, either/or answer.
One-Dimensional thinkers often look at the world in terms of extremes and ignore any middle ground that doesn’t agree with their own idea or personal agenda.
Everything must fit neatly into the good/evil paradigm. And the 1D thinker always considers his side to be the good side and those who disagree, the bad or evil side.
My way or the Highway.
The need to categorize people is a function of one-dimensional thinking. Conservatives and Liberals sacrifice individuality to join in a herd mentality.
By polarizing people into clearly defined categories, it makes it easy and convenient for the one dimensional thinker to dismiss the opinions of others with whom he might not agree, and not spend a moment considering the issues raised.
Nationalism is a type of one-dimensional thinking used by facist regimes as a means of rallying people behind the government in a state of obedience.
Examples of One-Dimensional Thinking: “ If you don’t like the President why don’t you move to Communist China?”
“ You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.” – George W. Bush