PHOTOSHOP - confused when colors change as I switch to mask channels and color channels

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After updating it seems like Adobe has added a lot of "intuitive" features which, for anyone working creatively knows that work is often not linear.

I use a lot of layer masks and between switching between these and my diffuse layers the program is consistently switching what I have on my palette to what it assumes is I want. It is always wrong (I typically already have it in the palette before switching layers).

I need to be able to turn this horrible feature off.

This is not helpful and destroying in rhythm.
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Chris Cox

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Which product are you using?
Which version?
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I am using Photoshop CC. It is version 2015.1.2. I just uninstalled and reinstalled it. Hopefully this will resolve my issue. 

Thank you for your consideration.

I will assuredly be back on here if this does not seem to resolve this problem.
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Still having problems, in essence I am battling a constant cycle of this:

I have the layer mask selected with the diffuse layer visible, and black (for transparency) is selected in my palette, however the brush tool will only paint white on the layer mask. I then open up the layer mask and it will allow me to paint black on it. But, I need to see where I want transparency or not, after I switch around a few times the program seems to finally understand the command.

Next after going to the layer mask to see what the misbehaving brush tool is up to it starts working as it should. I return to the diffuse layer and the colors in my palette change. (It was black and white when I pulled up the layer mask to make it visible).

(I usually love Photoshop and find it a pleasant relief when I get to this stage in my work; typically I find Adobe products enjoyable to work with.)
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Yes, there are separate color choices for the color channels and the masks -- because the masks only support gray values.
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Yes, I understand that (it only makes sense that it would), but what is happening is when I have black and white colors selected then go to the mask and back, new colors appear in the palette. Actually, though, I am starting to wonder if it is not something that is with the masks and rather something caused by some other issue because there have been several times that using a letter command, say "s" or "m" the program does not respond though I am still able to scroll. It is odd because of the litany of other programs I run I do not have such an issue. It's a newer Mac with a large processor and plenty of RAM; I have nothing else open than the internet and I have restarted my computer to be certain there is not a lot of background junk running.

But that also does not explain why when I have black selected and the layer mask while the diffuse layer is visible that it does not paint black (transparency I am trying to make happen), but paints white instead or even does nothing at all. Unless it is something ascribed above.
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