Splitting can interfere with relationships and lead to intense and self-destructive behaviors. A person who splits will typically frame people or events in terms that are absolute with no middle ground for discussion. Examples include:
Things are either "always" or "never."
People can either be "evil" and "crooked" or "angels" and "perfect."
Opportunities can either have "no risk" or be a "complete con."
Science, history, or news is either a "complete fact" or a "complete lie."
When things go wrong, a person will feel "cheated," "ruined," or "screwed."
What makes splitting all the more confusing is that the belief can sometimes be iron-clad or shift back-and-forth from one moment to the next.
People who split are often seen to be overly dramatic or overwrought, especially when declaring that things have either "completely fallen apart" or "completely turned around." Such behavior can be exhausting to those around them.