The human mind is not good at processing a lot of information together.
So, our brain tends to make simple decisions.
One common trap is binary thinking: This or that? Yes or no? Good or bad? Promoted or not promoted? You're with me or against me?
If you apply the rule of three, you know there could be a third viewpoint.
Dig deeper, you can notice more -- it could be a spectrum.
Interestingly, we don’t fall into one spectrum even when dealing with the same thing.
Once, I reflected on my behavior after a call with my parents. It could be better.
I definitely paid more attention to one-on-one with colleagues than to parents. I better treat the next call as a one-on-one session with my parents.
Suppose you break down a thing by time, by environment, by people, by energy level, or by mood, etc.
We fall into multi-dimensional spectrums.
You are performing well in a few dimensions. But it does not necessary translate to other dimensions. So, be cautious.