So I've got the following:

"You're either with us, or against us," so you're XXX or XXX-minded

"You have black-and-white thinking," so "You have XXX thinking"

and "The people who support a philosophy such as this one, have a mindset of all-or-nothing."

Please illuminate me, I just feel like there's an encompassing term.

  • "Orthodox" implies strict adherence to some doctrine.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:02

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ODO definition of absolutist


  • noun

1. a person who holds absolute principles in political, philosophical, or theological matters.

"he was a moral absolutist with little patience for shades of gray"

  • adjective

1. relating to or supporting absolute principles.

"an absolutist political tradition"

  • Just FYI, most definitions on Google Dictionary, these days, come from Oxford Dictionaries. en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/absolutist
    – NVZ
    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:25
  • cool. NVZ I'll use that then
    – Tom22
    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:35
  • but there's no need to go back and edit all your previous answers. Let it be. :)
    – NVZ
    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:36
  • Great term. +1.
    – Tushar Raj
    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:41

The 'ideal' is a fallacy called false dilemma or false dichotomy.

A false dilemma (also called false dichotomy, false binary, black-and-white thinking, bifurcation, denying a conjunct, the either–or fallacy, fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses, fallacy of the excluded middle, the fallacy of false choice, or the fallacy of the false alternative[citation needed]) is a type of informal fallacy in which something is falsely claimed to be an either-or situation, when in fact there is at least one additional option.


In psychology, the term is splitting:

Splitting (also called black-and-white thinking or all-or-nothing thinking) is the failure in a person's thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. It is a common defense mechanism used by many people.1 The individual tends to think in extremes (i.e., an individual's actions and motivations are all good or all bad with no middle ground).

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